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School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

What is SWPBS?

Improving student academic and behavior outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective and accurately implemented and behavioral practices and interventions possible.

It is a framework that guides selection, integration, and implementation of the best evidence based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students

SWPBS emphasizes four elements that are guided by six important principles:

  • Developing a continuum of scientifically based behavior and academic interventions and support
  • Using data to make decisions and solve problems
  • Arrange the environment to prevent the development and occurrence of problem behavior
  • Teach and encourage pro-social skills and behaviors
  • Implement evidence based behavioral practices with fidelity and accountability
  • Monitoring student performance and progress continuously

SWPBS addresses the following

Redirection (minor offenses) Repercussion (Major offenses)

  • Inappropriate Physical Contact: Physical contact without the intent to harm another person.
  • Inappropriate Language:  Teasing; Accusations; Name Calling.
  • Defiance/Disrespect:  Disrupting learning; Breaking class rules; Playing “Keep away” with other’s property; Improper use of school property; Slamming doors; Holding doors closed; Switching off lights; Running in halls; Jumping off stairs, retaining walls or benches; Being in the halls before or after school hours.
  • Dress Code Violations:  Not wearing collared shirts; Wearing jeans, stretch pants or cargo pants; Shirt out; Wearing professional team logos.
  • Harassment/Teasing/Taunting: Use of words or gestures to hurt others feelings.
  • Lying/Cheating
  • Property Damage: Improper or disrespectful use of materials, equipment or property without injury or harm.
  • Fighting/Physical Aggression: Kicking; Scratching; Pushing; Poking; Pinching; Tripping; Throwing sand; Spitting on someone; Physical sexual harassment; Wrestling; Chicken or mock fighting; Tackle Football; Promises of harm (threats)
  • Abusive Language:  Teasing; Accusations; Obscenities; Cussing; Name calling; Offensive language; Obscene gestures; Extortion.
  • Defiance/Disrespect:  Back talk; Ignoring; Refusing to comply; Repeated tardies after recess;  Refusing to follow adult directions; Intentional littering; Stealing; Leaving school grounds; Unsafe play; Urinating on the playground; Misusing playground equipment.
  • Forgery/Theft
  • Harassment/Teasing/Taunting:  Gestures or words meant to harm or frighten another person; Verbal bullying; Verbal sexual harassment; Comments regarding sexuality; Spreading rumors; Foul language; Explicit sexual comments.
  • Property damage:  Defacing; Damage; Graffiti;  Vandalism; Picking school or neighbor’s fruit, plants, etc.; Climbing or hanging on trees; Trash in water fountains or toilets.

Office Referral

  • When 2 or more children are involved in hostile behaviors with the intent of harming each other (fighting, hitting, kicking, choking.)
  • Possession of drugs, combustibles, or weapons (including look-alikes)
  • Vandalism when caught in the act
  • Threat of serious harm leading to injury
  • Sexual harassment