Creating a Positive Learning Environment at our School
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an approach to teaching and supporting positive behaviors and meeting the needs of ALL students. This school-wide approach to behavior focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn.
The foundation of PBIS at Hygiene Elementary is the four building-wide expectations: Safety, Ownership, Achievement, Respect In addition to our behavior expectations, PBIS has four other components:
Behavior Matrix The behavior matrix is a detailed description of expected behavior in each setting of the school. For example, in the cafeteria, it is respectful to say “please” and “thank you.” It is responsible to clean your space. The matrix is posted in every classroom including cafeteria and main hallways. SOARING
SLIPS Acknowledging and reinforcing positive behavior is one of the best ways to change inappropriate behavior and encourage appropriate behavior. A SOAR slip is an incentive for students to follow the school rules. Staff members will give out SOAR slips when students are meeting or exceeding behavior expectations as frequently as possible. Each classroom teacher will collect slips. When classroom goals are met, students will enjoy a class reward as well as participating in periodic school-wide celebrations.
Throughout the school year, students will be taught how to behave according to the four expectations. Teachers will help students learn what the expectations “look” and “sound” like in every setting during the school day. These lessons will be re- taught and reinforced throughout the school year by teacher and the counselor through classroom visitations.
The Hygiene staff will all be responsible for redirecting students in a variety of school settings that include specials, cafeteria and playground. Therefore, the playground supervisor may enforce timeout, removal from the play- ground, or referral to office for violence, vulgar language or disrespect of authority.
Problem Solving Reports
Even with clear expectations and positive reinforcements, sometimes our students need redirection. In order to support our students in becoming responsible citizens, they will be expected to participate in solving their own problems, with adult guidance, as part of the discipline process. When a student does not exhibit behaviors that demonstrate the expected SOAR Behavior Matrix, a Stop Think Act Review (Problem Solving Report) will be given and appropriate consequences will be assigned. The type of consequences and time frame depends on the nature, seriousness and/or frequency of the problem. Restorative consequence based on “repairing the harm” will be implemented. It is important to know that certain behaviors will not be tolerated for the safety and wellbeing of our learning community.
The staff has developed minor/major definitions of behavior for clarity and consistency. Refer to the Stop Think Act Review form for behavior definitions for minor/ major infractions. Minor infractions are behaviors that are disruptive to the learning environment but can be handled by the staff and teacher. Major infractions are behaviors involve fighting, safety of others, total defiance, or a major group issue where facts need to be gathered. A phone call from the principal will occur with all major infractions.
In order to promote school/home communication, students will be required to take home the Stop Think Act Review Form as part of the discipline process. Please be aware that certain student actions require notification of law enforcement, out of school suspension, or referral for expulsion.
Please refer to Board Policy JICD for more information regarding the St. Vrain Valley School District’s Code of Conduct. Because, together we can achieve more, we believe in the true partnership between home and school. To help support the PBiS at Hygiene Elementary, please help us with the following:
Reviewing behavior expectations with your child Signing and returning the behavior matrix slip sent home with your child Using the four expectations at home Providing positive reinforcement (rewarding good choices with compliments or quality time) at home
The Hygiene Staff will consider the following when working with students to decide consequences/responses:
Some possible consequences/staff responses might be:
Behavior Mediation is an ongoing process, not just what happens to a child when he/she gets into trouble. The staff encourages all students to have Soaring Behavior that includes the following:
We adhere to the St. Vrain Valley School District Discipline Code. A copy of this conduct policy is available at the front office and online. If you do not have a copy and would like one, please contact the front office.
SOAR - SAFETY, OWNERSHIP, ACHIEVEMENT AND RESPECT