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Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS)

Ruth Brown teachers have adopted BEARS as part of our School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Plan.

Ruth Brown BEARS:

Be Responsible.

Encourage Others.

Arrive Prepared.

Respect Everyone.

Safety Always.

PBIS is a proactive approach used to teach expectations and positive behavior. Our students are exposed to school-wide expectations on a daily basis through morning announcements and direct behavior instruction. Students who might have a difficult time meeting our school expectations will receive the following consequences:

  • Low-Level Referrals: These are referrals given by the teachers in the classroom or in any other setting at our school. Before the teachers give these type of referrals they will try to redirect the behavior. If the student chooses not to change his/her behavior, the teacher will use a low level referral followed by a phone call home or a note on the agenda, and finally re-teaching the expected behavior. The student might lose privileges in the classroom or will have some sort of consequence given by the teacher. The consequences for Low-Level referrals are at the teacher’s discretion.
  • Office Referral: This type of referral is used by the teacher once the student has reached five Low-Level referrals. The Principal or the Dean of Students will conference with the student, and will contact home and notify the parents. Students will take home a copy of the referral for parent signature. Please make sure to sign it and return it the next day. Students who receive an Office Referral will receive consequences given by the Principal or the Dean of Students and will also lose the privilege to attend our Positive Behavior Assembly at the end of the month "GROWL."

Ruth Brown Staff’s Commitment to PBIS

  • We will recognize and acknowledge children who are following the school-wide expectations, Social Skills, and Character Trait of the month.
  • We will be ready to give out Paws and Bear Bravos to students in the classroom and throughout the school.
  • We will get familiar with the Behavior Flow Chart and be consistent with our responses.
  • We will complete an Office Discipline Referral Form if a child’s response to a problem behavior indicates the need.
  • We will post the School-wide Expectations in our class and other areas that children often use.
  • We will include “Social Skills, Character Traits, and Expectations” in our lesson plans as indicated on our Schedule and as needed (for whole group or individuals).
  • We will need to CELEBRATE successes as much as possible!