What is PBIS?

PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. It is an approach to creating a safe, predictable, and productive learning environment where all teachers can teach and all students can learn.

Why is PBIS important?

PBIS creates common language between all staff and all students about what the expectations are while at school. The school environment becomes a more positive place because students feel safer when routines are regular and predictable.

What is PBIS at our school?

Our PBIS team and school staff has created expectations for each area in the school. These expectations are posted throughout the school and your child has been learning about them during the first couple of days here. Chester has also created unified expectations that are followed in all classroom and non- classroom areas.  These expectations are:

  • Positive Attitude
  • Act Respectfully
  • Work with Effort
  • Show Kindness

You and your children will hear us refer to these expectations as PAWS. Chester staff will reinforce students who are following these expectations by giving out ‘Caught being a Coyote’ tickets when teachers or other staff sees students doing what is expected! The student will then take their ticket down to the office and put their ticket in the weekly drawing bin, and bring a copy of the ticket home to share with you. Continue the reinforcement for good behavior by asking what your student did to receive the ‘Caught being a Coyote’ ticket! At the end of each month, if your student earned a ‘Caught being a Coyote’ ticket, they will be given a PAWS charm that they can collect on a keychain that is provided by Chester's PBIS program. Each month will have a different color PAWS charm. This is our way of recognizing every student who has earned a ticket!

Please help us encourage this process by asking your child/children if they earned a ‘Caught being a Coyote’ ticket while they were at school! If you have questions about Chester’s new PBIS plan, please contact our school counselor or principal.