What is Positive Behavioral Interventions
& Supports ?

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a school-wide approach to discipline and a process for creating safer and more effective schools. PBIS is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom discipline systems. The process focuses on improving a school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. With PBIS, instructional time is more effectively used for teaching, and the overall school environment is calm and conducive to learning.

For more information, go to, www.PBIS.org,or the Rhode Island PBIS site .


Typical discipline systems in schools have been based on reaction to negative behavior and punishment of the offender. Hundreds of studies have shown, however, that this approach does little to reduce chronic misbehavior, and it does not produce positive long-term outcomes for schools or students. The PBIS method of school discipline is different in four
key ways:

  • Prevention: Correct behaviors are established, taught, modeled, and acknowledged in a systematic way throughout the school. Students are "caught" engaging in desired behavior, and this behavior is regularly reinforced and recognized.

  • Response: The response to undesirable behavior is organized, systematic, consistent, and careful. Considerable thought and effort go into having the entire school community on the same page with respect to common definitions of, and the most effective response to, problem behaviors.
  • Data-driven: Discipline data is collected school- wide in a user-friendly format. When this information is entered and analyzed in an established on-line database, the data provides guidance for understanding when and where problem behavior is more likely to occur. Strategies to address behaviors in these situations are developed, and the data then provides evidence for whether the strategies are working.

  • Process: PBIS is not a curriculum or a prepackaged program. Rather, it is a framework that guides the school community through a process of addressing the unique culture, climate, and behavioral issues within each school. The idea is to work smarter, not harder, to improve behavior and school climate.

PBIS Acknowledgment System
How does it work?

As part of the effort to improve our school culture, teachers and staff will encourage and acknowledge students for demonstrating the traits of being respectful, engaged, responsible, and safe.
At any time, students may receive a Mariner Money raffle ticket, which is given by teachers or staff when students are "caught" following or going above and beyond the school's expectations. Mariner Money tickets can be saved up or used for periodic raffles.

What happens when a student is not demonstrating positive behavior?
Behaviors are separated into minor and major infractions. When minor infractions occur, they are handled by the classroom teacher. Examples of minor infractions include disruption, defiance, property misuse, and inappropriate language. The teacher may assign detention and notify the parents if such behavior occurs.

Major infractions require immediate attention by administration and include abusive language, fighting/ physical aggression, bullying, overt defiance, chronic disruption, property damage, forgery, and possession of weapons.

At Narragansett High School our school expectations fall under the acronym REPS:
· Use appropriate language
· Treat others with respect & kindness
· Follow directions of faculty and staff

· Be in class on time
· Participate and be attentive

· Follow directions
· Use electronics before or after school

· Keep our school substance free
· Follow school rules for safety