What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is a systems approach for establishing a safe and supportive learning environment to promote social, behavioral, and academic success for all students. It is a framework for developing a common vision, language and practices used consistently across the school to:
- improve school climate;
- strengthen relationships;
- teach and reinforce expectations;
- increase positive behaviors, academic achievement and equitable learning experiences; and
- decrease office referrals and suspensions.
Mental and behavioral health and wellness efforts are also supported across all three tiers of instruction to promote academic and social success for students. Targeted and intensive interventions are provided to support the learning needs of students.
Loudoun County Public Schools began implementing the PBIS framework in 2007. Since 2012, all LCPS schools implement PBIS as a prevention and intervention framework. Each school has two to four PBIS Coaches who support the school-based PBIS Team and serve as liaisons between the PBIS administrative team and their school. PBIS Coaches are typically teachers, specialists, instructional facilitators, school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, consulting teachers and deans.