Positive Behavior Intervention Support- PBIS

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

In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important part of a student’s educational experience. 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 school-wide PBS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.


What does PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) do?

All effective school-wide systems have seven major components in common:

  1. a) an agreed upon and common approach to discipline
  2. b) a positive statement of purpose
  3. c) a small number of positively stated expectations for all students and staff
  4. d) procedures for teaching these expectations to students
  5. e) a continuum of procedures for encouraging displays and maintenance of these expectations
  6. f) a continuum of procedures for discouraging displays of rule-violating behavior
  7. g) procedures for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the discipline system on a regular and frequent basis.


To support PBIS, White City has implemented school-wide expectations.

Respectful to 


Always safe, and


White City students are to follow our school-wide expectations (R.O.A.R.) at any location, in class, the cafeteria, hallways, playground, and even on the school bus.