Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is an approach Sidney City Schools uses to promote school safety and positive, appropriate behaviors. With PBIS, we teach kids about behavior expectations and strategies. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment.
At school, we have a few simple ideas we use to guide how we all work together, both children and adults. We call these our expectations. These expectations guide how we act and talk with each other in every part of our school building and school day. Each of our schools has a different PBIS structure, setting expectations for various environments within the school, on the playground, or during arrival and dismissal. To the left is Emerson Primary's PBIS Matrix. Talking with your child about these school-wide behavior expectations help the tone for a more successful school experience.
Families are important members of the school communities. When schools and families work together toward their common goal of helping all children to be successful, it is much more likely to happen. Families have valuable insights and information about how their children learn best and what types of environmental supports are helpful to them.
These same expectations can be useful at home. You might find this type of chart useful to help guide your child’s positive behavior at home. Try creating your own PBIS matrix for your family to use at home! Remember to include all members of your family as you collectively decide what are reasonable expectations for everyone to follow.
If you have questions about your school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support policy, please contact the school.