Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Philosophy
providing a safe and secure environment, we are implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in the Early Warning; Timely Response Guide(Dwyer, Osher & Warger, 1998) and in Safeguarding our Children: An Action Guide (Dwyer & Osher, 2000) as a promising practice for promoting school safety.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a general phrase that describes a systematic approach to preventing problem behavior. Everyone in the school is actively involved and committed to its success.
By implementing PBIS in our school, Harvey Oaks is committed to moving from negative, punitive, reactive approaches to POSITIVE, PROACTIVE, PREVENTIVE approaches to discipline.
Harvey Oaks uses a school-wide incentive process. PAWSitive Pats and Husky Treats will be used to reinforce positive behaviors from the Harvey Oaks P.A.W.S. Matrix. ALL staff members are encouraged to recognize any student following the matrix behaviors by awarding the student with a PAWSitive Pat and Husky Treat. By focusing on positive student behaviors, we will see an increase in these behaviors. The matrix covers the following areas: Arrival, Hallway, Restroom, Lunchroom, Playground, Dismissal.
PAWSitive Pats will be given to staff in triplicate form. When a student earns one, the student should walk to the office and place one form in Husky’s dog dish. The Husky Treat should be placed in one of the three dog houses as their vote for the next all-school incentive. Once Husky’s dog dish is full, the Husky Treats will be counted and the school-wide incentive will be scheduled.
The second copy of the PAWSitive Pat should be placed in the classroom container for a classroom incentive. The third copy should be sent home with the student.
Get the PBIS Parent Brochure made for our Harvey Oaks Families.
Around the school are posters that remind students of P.A.W.S. for each area they are in.