The aim of PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is to provide positive, predictable, and supportive school-wide social and academic environments for all students.
All pre-K-8th grade school in BUSD have the following PBIS components in place:
- Clear school rules (Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe)
- On-going teaching of the school rules
- Recognition system for appropriate behavior
- Clear system for handling behavioral errors
You can watch these videos to see the practices in action:PBIS in Berkeley elementary schools
Some schools have added a fourth “B”: How to “Be an ally” is demonstrated in this video featuring Longfellow Middle School.
Be on the lookout for these things at your child’s school:
- Posters of the 3B’s
- Class awards
- Individual student awards
- Caught in the Act, Bam-er-rang, Dragon Scales or other positive ‘ticket’ that acknowledge student behavior
- Assemblies with skits of the 3B’s
- Songs or chants about the school community
What you can do to support our PBIS work……
- Ask your child about the 3B’s and what they mean
- Talk with your child about their school assemblies
- Talk to your child about the Caught in the Act, Bam-er-rang, Dragon Scales or other positive ‘ticket’ that they received
- Provide extra acknowledgement at home when your child is recognized at school
- Ask your child’s teacher about how to get involved in the PBIS work at school, or contact School Psychologist Catherine Bartz.
More information is on the PBIS webpage, including our district PBIS specialist’s contact information and a visual of the three tiered pyramid of supports/interventions.
Willard Middle School uses this colorful image to communicate the three B’s with students: