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Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Discipline (PBIS)

Dear Parents:

We are glad to have your child at Grayson County Middle School and hope that both your child and you have a positive experience during their formative years at our school. We believe in order to provide the best possible educational setting for your child, appropriate behavior must be practiced and demonstrated. In conjunction with the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline (KYCID), Grayson County Middle School teachers and staff are committed to using school-wide systems of support to create a positive school environment.

What are Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports?

PBIS is a behaviorally-based approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to improve learning environments. It uses research-based practices to improve the environments where teaching and learning occur. Instead of using a patchwork of behavior management plans, a continuum of positive behavior interventions and supports for all students is implemented in classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, restrooms, cafeteria, etc.). Primary (school-wide), secondary (targeted), and tertiary (individual) systems of support are used to make problem behavior less effective and relevant and desired behavior more functional.

Why is it so important to focus on teaching positive social behaviors?

Research has shown that when punishment is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, it is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, reinforcing, and teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of PBIS is to establish appropriate behavior as the norm.

What are the components of school-wide PBIS?

The six major components are: 1) an agreed upon and common approach to discipline, 2) a few positively stated expectations for all students, 3) procedures for teaching these expectations to students, 4) a range of procedures for encouraging these expectations, 5) a range of procedures for discouraging rule-violating behavior, and 6) procedures for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the discipline system on a regular basis.

What are some types of positive behavior supports at GCMS?

For following GCMS expectations students will receive “Cougar Bucks” from teachers, staff, and administrators in which they may purchase t-shirts, dance and ball game tickets, free hat day, free pajama pants day, preferred lunch seating, a pizza party, an ice cream party, etc. There are also drawings for larger prizes held every 9 weeks.

What are some types of behavior interventions at GCMS?

Minor behaviors will be handled in the classroom by the teacher (until they become repetitive). Major behaviors will be referred to the office; consequences and interventions may include before or after school detentions, in-school detention, required counseling or other intensive interventions, alternative school, referral to a Court Designated Worker, or receive a citation

We appreciate your support of GCMS in using PBIS to help your child succeed!