Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

What is PBIS?

FY13_Emerging_071913-jpegPBIS is a proactive systems approach to preventing and responding to classroom and school discipline problems. PBIS will be implemented in all grades. Emphasis is directed toward developing and maintaining safe learning environments where teachers can teach and students can learn. In addition, student achievement improves when academic time is increased by a reduction in time spent with behavioral disruptions.  PBIS and the discipline policy are the same policy.  We as a school district are attempting to reward our students for the positive things they are doing, and the discipline code and PBIS are in place to compliment each other.  PBIS website

The District’s building PBIS team designs matrix’s or expectations for appropriate behavior which are expected of all children within the classroom as well as in non-classroom situations such as the hallways, bathrooms, cafeteria and playground. The main expectations for students at Tonica Grade School are, “Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be A Role Model and Be Safe.” These expectations are taught to the children through “Cool Tools” which are explained by the classroom teacher.   PBIS Expectations Matrix



  • Inappropriate Language – Student engages in low-intensity instance of inappropriate language
  • Physical Contact/ Horseplay – Student engages in non-serious, but inappropriate physical contact
  • Disrespect/Non-compliance – Student engages in brief or low-intensity failure to respond to adult request
  • Disruption – Student engages in low-intensity, but inappropriate disruption
  • Property Misuse – Student engages in low-intensity misuse of property
  • Technology Violation – Student engages in non-serous but inappropriate (as defined by school) use of cell phone, pager, music/video players, camera, and/or computer
  • Prohibited Item Possession – Items not needed for educational process, including aerosol dispensing products, perfumes, toys and etc
  • Dress Code Violation – Student wears clothing that is near, but not within, the dress code guidelines defined by the school/district (see handbook)
  • Tardy – Student arrives at class after the bell (or signal that class has started)
  • Bullying – Student delivers disrespectful messages to another person (verbal or gestural)
  • PE/No Dress – Student does not have proper PE apparel
  • Materials – Student does not bring needed materials to class
  • Bus Misconduct – Student engages in low intensity disregard of the bus safety rules
  • Other – Student engages in any other minor problem behaviors that do not fall within the above categories


  • Fighting – Student is involved in mutual participation in an incident involving physical violence
  • Bus Misconduct – Student engages in repeated or serious inappropriate behavior on the bus
  • Battery – Serious inury to another person with or without the use of an object
  • Cheating/Plagiarism/Lying – Student delivers message that is untrue and/or deliberately violates rules
  • Use of a Prohibited Item – Including aerosol dispensing products/perfumes/odor emitting device especially towards another person
  • Gang Related Activity – Student uses gesture, dress, and/or speech to display affiliation with a gang
  • Theft/Forgery – Student is in possession of, having passed on, or being responsible for removing someone else’s property or has signed a person’s name without the person’s permission
  • False Reporting – Knowingly providing information that is untrue about an event/situation or about a person that either did or did not have a negative impact
  • Harassment/Bullying – Student delivers disrespectful messages* (verbal or gestural) to another person that includes threats and intimidation, obscene gestures, pictures, or written notes. Disrespectful messages include negative comments based on race, religion, gender, age, and/or national origin; sustained or intense verbal attacks based on ethnic origin, disabilities or other personal matters
  • Physical Contact/ Aggression – Student engages in actions involving serious physical contact where injury may occur
  • Damage to School Property – Student participates in an activity that results in destruction or disfigurement of property
  • Disruptive Behavior – Student engages in serious or repeated behavior causing an interruption in a class or activity
  • Disrespect/Insubordination – Student engages in refusal to follow directions, talks back and/or delivers socially rude interactions
  • Technology Violation – Student engages in inappropriate (as defined by school) use of cell phone, pager, music/video players, camera, and/or computer.
  • Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco (look alike) – Use, possession or providing to other these items including ‘e-device’ versions
  • Gross Disobedience/Misconduct – Student engages in serious behavior that directly or indirectly jeopardizes the health, safety, and welfare of school personnel, students, and/or school property
  • Other – Student engages in problem behavior not listed
  • Third Minor – Student has received 3 minors