A: PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a research-based framework for addressing behavior through a proactive approach. With the implementation of PBIS, school expectations are clearly defined, taught, and supported.
Q: Why is PBIS important for school culture?
A: Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.
Q: How is HCS encouraging PBIS?
A: Posters/other promotional materials are displayed throughout schools. These materials define expectations in the classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, buses, cafeteria, and restrooms). The schools developed a student recognition system, as well as, established consequences for students not meeting the expectations. The school leadership team meets monthly to review discipline data to assess the effectiveness of the PBIS plan.
Q: What can parents do to help students learn more?
A. Parents can use the PBIS vocabulary at home with their children. For example, talk about the JAGS way (Spain Park) or Hoover PRIDE (Hoover High) with your children. Parents can also ask the principals about ways to support the student recognition system.
Q: What should we expect with PBIS as we move forward this school year? A: Hoover City Schools implemented Tier 1 this year, which focuses on school-wide expectations. Next school year, Tier 2 will be implemented. Tier 2 is designed to provide intensive, targeted intervention to support students who are not responding to Tier 1.