RercesFrequently Asked Questions

Pigeon River PBIS FAQ’s for Parents 

What does PBIS stand for?

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

Why is PBIS important?

--Creates a more positive culture in our learning community

--Challenges students to maintain consistent expectations

--Empowers the decision-making process by utilizing behavioral data.

Is Pigeon River the only school using PBIS?

--Currently, PBIS is used in 1,000 Wisconsin schools and 18,000 schools nation wide.  In Sheboygan, all elementary and middle schools are currently using PBIS.  The high schools will start implementing PBIS in the 2013-2014 school year. 

How long will it take to implement PBIS?

Because PBIS is a process, not a program, the length of time will vary from school to school. Components are generally introduced a few at a time.  The process is ongoing and constantly adapting to meet the changing needs of the school and to address current concerns.

Does PBIS have educational value?

Students in school come from many different backgrounds and cultures that view behavior differently; thus we cannot assume that students know how to behave appropriately when at school.  Furthermore, some of our students are making poor choices when confronted with a conflict. Consequently, we must teach students how to behave at school to ensure that they do make good choices.   PBIS views inappropriate behavior in same manner that problems in reading and math are viewed…as a skill deficit.  When a skill deficit exists, we must teach the appropriate skills.  A decrease in behavioral problems in the classroom leads to increased  quality instructional time.  

Does PBIS use bribes to get students to behave?

Using a reward system is not bribing a student to behave appropriately. A bribe occurs when something is offered to a person,  before the behavior, to get them to behave in a specific way.  PBIS         acknowledges and rewards students for following school-wide expectations and rules after the behavior occurs. Thus rewards are earned, not offered as a payoff in exchange for good behavior

Shouldn’t students know how to behave?

PBIS provides the framework for a common approach so students and staff clearly understand the behavioral expectations in the different locations in the school.  The behavior expectations that are taught and acknowledged are more likely to continue in the future.

Why choose PBIS?           

Best Practices: research-based driven, school goals and systems are aligned, achievement increases because more time is focused on  teaching and less time spent with discipline.

Shouldn’t rewards be saved for special achievements?

By acknowledging the “big” behaviors, adults send a message that everyday behaviors of, responsibility, respect, and safety are important.  Small steps on the way to achievement need to be acknowledged.  The truth is, these “small” behaviors provide the foundation for the school culture itself.

How are behaviors acknowledged?

When a staff member notices a responsible, respectful or safe behavior,  the staff member will give the student a verbal acknowledgement of his/her behavior.  (I.e. “Thank you for using a zero voice in the hallway”).  The staff then will follow-up the acknowledgment by handing a student a bee buck.  The student will place their bee buck in the class honey pot, for the weekly drawing, In addition the students can also win  a Queen Bee award for exceptional behavior, or for achieving a personal behavior or educational