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Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

What is Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a process for creating school environments that are more predictable and effective for achieving academic and social goals.  PBIS will enhance our current systems and practices and also change our culture for the better.


PBIS in Thomasville City Schools

PBIS was chosen by TCS to provide opportunities for tiered interventions and support at each school.  PBIS is a prevention oriented process, not a program.  A multi-disciplinary PBIS team at each school will lead school personnel to use effective interventions, accurately and successful, and enhances academic and social behavioral outcomes for all students.


What about parents?

Parents are an important part of PBIS implementation.  We encourage parents to use the same expectations and rules that the school teaches.  This common language creates consistency and a unified support for expected student behavior.  Parents are asked to discuss the common rules and expectations and post them at home for easy reference.  Children thrive when they have consistent, predictable expectations and consequences.


How is PBIS different from other school behavior programs?

  • The program is focused on acknowledging students for consistent positive behavior.
  • There are expectations for all students, parents, staff, and settings.
  • Teachers are acknowledged for noticing positive student behavior.
  • Direct instruction of expected behaviors will occur throughout the school year.
  • Routines and language with respect to appropriate school behavior are consistent throughout the school.
  • Students are rewarded for expected behavior by staff
  • Problem behavior will be responded to with consistent consequences that are focused on re-teaching the expected behaviors.


What can you do to help your child stay on the path to positive behavior?

J Review the school rules with your child.

J Ask your child about his/her day at school every day.

J Make sure your child is ready every day.  Ensure a good night’s sleep.

J Provide a quiet time and space for your child to do homework nightly.

J Keep in touch with your child’s teacher.

J Encourage your child to use appropriate language and tone.

J Practice positive phrases with our child, such as, “Thank you,” “Excuse me,” “Please,” and “I’m sorry.”

J Be a visible part of your child’s school.  Attend PTO meetings and other school activities as your schedule allows.


Positive Behavior Support Resource Links:

PBIS World

NC State Positive Behavior and Support

(OSEP) Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports-Office of Special Education Programs