Positive Behavior Intervention and Support
The staff at Discovery & Explorer Elementary are focused on supporting and encouraging our students as they are beginning their school journey. We utilize a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) framework to develop positive school habits. It is important to note that in Williamston Community Schools, PBIS is a kindergarten through 8th grade initiative, but looks different at each building because of the unique needs of the students. Under the PBIS model, there are multiple layers of supports that are provided for our students. A "Tier 1" support is provided for ALL students in the building. "Tier 2" is an additional layer for SOME students and "Tier 3" is another layer that a FEW students might access. All layers of support are intended to TEACH and REINFORCE positive behaviors that will help students to be successful in school and life. The attached document gives some examples of PBIS activities that students and staff at Discovery and Explorer Elementary are currently implementing. The activities at the top of the page are provided to ALL students. As you read down the page, the number of students the activity impacts lessens (symbolized by the triangle shape in the background). Our Buzz Words - Kind, Safe, Cooperative & Respectful - lay the groundwork for all PBIS activities. We teach, model and practice what being kind, safe, cooperative and respectful looks like in all areas of our school. Buzz tickets are given to students in order to acknowledge and reinforce positive choices. Each building has a Responsible Thinking Classroom (RTC), where students may go to reflect on choices that were not kind, safe, cooperative or respectful. RTC is NOT a punishment, but an opportunity for students to think about and discuss with an adult what they did, how that choice impacted others and what they could do differently next time. Examples of the RTC reflections forms can be found on each school's web page. The RTC classroom is also where students go to turn in the name half of Buzz tickets (to be entered in the drawings) and/or pick up the incentives for demonstrating positive behaviors. For questions about specific PBIS activities, please contact Katie Gerard, Young Fives - 2 Student Support Services Coordinator at GerardK@gowcs.net or 517-655-2855 x4650.
Bullying Prevention Information
"Our school cares about the safety and well being of students, which is why we constantly reinforce the concepts of kind, safe, cooperative, and respectful behavior. We do not typically see many cases of bullying, but we believe that even one incident is too many. In order to prevent bullying behavior we are going to be introducing a program called the Olweus (pronounced ol - vay - us) Bully Prevention Program."
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is one of the best-known bullying prevention programs and has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying. The goals of OBPP are to reduce bullying problems and prevent new bullying problems from happening. The program also works to make relationships better among students. The program is for all students, not just those who are being bullied or who are bullying others.
The 4 Anti-Bullying Rules are:
1. We will not Bully others.
2. We will try to help others who are being bullied
3. We will try to include students who feel left out.
4. If we know someone is being bullied we will tell an adult at school and at home.
Discussions about these rules will continue in the classroom through class meetings. We hope that this creates opportunities for discussion at home as well. P arents and guardians play a key role in this program. Your child will be asked to tell an adult at school and at home if he or she is bullied or sees bullying happening at school. It will be very important that you take any bullying seriously and tell our school staff. Our school staff members are being trained to deal with bullying situations when we are told about them.
Additional literature about our Bully Prevention Program is available on our web page. If you have questions about our program, please feel free to contact us for more information. Thank you for your support!
Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is not a curriculum, but a program that deals with bullying at the schoolwide, classroom, individual, and community levels. Click below to read the pamphlet on this Bullying Prevention Program.