Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports

What is PBIS? Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports is a school-wide system of support that includes strategies for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment.

A continuum of positive behavior interventions and support for all students will be taught in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria and playground.  Each homeroom teacher will teach, role play & model safe, respectful & responsible behavior in all school settings.

PBIS includes Tier 1, Tier 2 & Tier 3 categories.  Tier 1 is for all students.  Tier 2 includes interventions for students who need some assistance meeting our school-wide expectations.  Tier 3 includes interventions for students who have been unsuccessful even with documented Tier 2 interventions.


 What does this look like at Kelly Elementary?  We use research validated practices to encourage responsible behavior and discourage irresponsible behavior.  The clip-up/clip-down system has been instituted as a visual way for students to self-monitor their behavior in the classroom.  Each child begins the day on “Ready To Learn”. When a student exceeds positively stated expectations, they move their clip up the chart; to “Good Day”, “Great Job” or “Outstanding”.  When expectations are not met, the student must move their clip down the chart for each rule not followed; to “Think About It”, “Teacher’s Choice” or “Parent Contact”.  

   We want to reward outstanding behavior with COBRA Bucks.  These bucks are given to students who exceed expectations.  Cobra Bucks can be spent weekly on a variety of activities or rewards.

What does being a COBRA mean?   “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible”  These school-wide expectations are located throughout the building in the form of stop signs and/or procedure signs to support student behavior.  Expected voice levels are also indicated: 0=silence, 1=whisper, 2=conversation, 3=team talk, 4=outside voice.