Positive Behavior Support

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Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) is a proactive approach to promote positive behavior resulting in improved academic outcomes, school safety and overall satisfaction of the school experience for students, families and staff. The focus of PBIS is prevention and intervention. In other words, PBIS is a process of teaching, reinforcing and recognizing the behaviors that lead to student success instead of simply punishing misbehavior.

At its heart, PBIS focuses on evidence-based practices that provide a common language and focus for behavioral expectations; instruction and communication toward them; recognition when they are met; and interventions/corrective actions when they are not met. The supports are provided within the MultiTiered System of Supports (MTSS) model that focuses on universal supports for all (Tier 1), supplemental supports for some (Tier 2) and intensive supports for the few that need them (Tier 3).

PBIS is recognized by The School District of Lee County as a necessary and vital component of a complete behavior support and discipline system. All schools are required to provide positive behavior support systems, and most of our schools have received training and recognition by the Florida PBIS Project, with a number receiving Model School status. Other schools supplement positive behavior support with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs. Each school has a dedicated team that continually reviews school attendance, behavior and course performance data to problem solve and determine needed adjustments/new supports. The School District of Lee County continues to support implementation of positive behavior systems and strategies through training and technical assistance.

The outcomes are significant. Research studies on PBIS conclude it leads to better student behavior including reduced numbers of referrals, suspensions, and bullying incidents. Students learn positive behavior expectations and strategies that will serve them throughout their lives at home, work and in the community.

Florida PBIS Model Schools

The Florida Department of Education: PBIS Project recognized these schools for their dedication to the PBS Initiative. They are:

  • Bayshore Elementary
  • Bonita Springs Elementary
  • Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts
  • Buckingham Exceptional Student Center
  • Caloosa Elementary
  • Caloosa Middle
  • Cape Elementary
  • Colonial Elementary
  • Cypress Lake High
  • Dr. Carrie D. Robinson Littleton Elementary
  • Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts
  • Gulf Elementary
  • Harns Marsh Middle
  • J. Colin English Elementary
  • Manatee Elementary
  • Mariner High
  • Mirror Lakes Elementary
  • North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts
  • Orange River Elementary
  • Patriot Elementary
  • Rayma C. Page Elementary
  • River Hall Elementary
  • Royal Palm Exceptional Center
  • Sunshine Elementary
  • Three Oaks Elementary
  • Three Oaks Middle
  • Tortuga Preserve Elementary
  • Trafalgar Elementary
  • Trafalgar Middle
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District Distinguised Schools

  • Allen Park Elementary
  • Cape Coral High
  • Challenger Middle
  • Cypress Lake Middle
  • Diplomat Middle School
  • East Lee County High
  • Edgewood Academy
  • Fort Myers Middle Academy
  • Franklin Park Elementary
  • G. Weaver Hipps Elementary
  • Hancock Creek Elementary
  • Harns Marsh Elementary
  • Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary
  • Heights Elementary
  • Island Coast High
  • James Stephens Elementary
  • Lehigh Acres Middle
  • Lehigh Elementary
  • Lexington Middle
  • Mariner Middle
  • Oak Hammock Middle
  • Orangewood Elementary
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle
  • Pelican Elementary
  • Ray V. Pottorf Elementary
  • San Carlos Elementary
  • Skyline Elementary
  • Spring Creek Elementary
  • Success Academy
  • Tanglewood Elementary
  • The Alva School
  • Treeline Elementary
  • Varsity Lakes Middle
  • Veterans Park Academy for the Arts
  • Villas Elementary
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How Can Parents Help With Positive Behavior Support?

  • Remember to use 5 positives for every 1 negative
  • Set the stage for your student's success and reward his/her efforts
  • Give clear and specific directions
  • Maintain your composure and always use a calm voice
  • Set reasonable limits for your child
  • Be consistent ("No" means no and "yes" means yes)
  • Set the example and model desired behaviors (Actions truly do speak louder than words)
  • Proactively anticipate situations
  • Have and demonstrate patience with you child
  • Have fun and enjoy the your role as a parent
  • "Have a short memory for mistakes, failures, and behavior slips. Every child deserves a fresh start each morning." -Robert Ramsey