Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is “an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety, improve school climate, and support improved academic outcomes for all students” (pbis.org).

    PBIS Logo While Whitfield County Schools’ suspension rate for 2017 was below the state average (WCS 3.3%, GA 6.2% (source: gaappleseed.org), we still believe that there are areas we can improve to benefit our students. Improvement for our students is why the system decided to implement the PBIS framework in Whitfield County Schools.

    Our first cohort, which implemented the PIBS framework during the 2016–2017 school year, included 10 schools. Those schools were:

    • Cohutta Elementary,
    • Cedar Ridge Elementary,
    • New Hope Elementary,
    • Pleasant Grove Elementary,
    • Eastbrook Middle,
    • New Hope Middle,
    • North Whitfield Middle,
    • Valley Point Middle,
    • Westside Middle, and
    • Crossroads Academy.

    Cohort II, which implemented the PBIS framework during the 2017–2018 school year, included 5 schools:

    • Beaverdale Elementary,
    • Dawnville Elementary,
    • Tunnel Hill Elementary,
    • Valley Point Elementary, and
    • Varnell Elementary.

    Cohort III began training during the 2017–2018 school year and will begin implementing the framework for the 2018–2019 school year. Cohort III includes 6 schools:

    • Antioch Elementary,
    • Dug Gap Elementary,
    • Eastside Elementary,
    • Westside Elementary,
    • Coahulla Creek High School, and
    • Southeast High School.

    Cohort I, Cohort II, and Cohort III will attend ongoing training as they collect and analyze data throughout the school year. The data will guide the schools’ PBIS teams as they develop action plans, set goals, and define expectations for the 2018–2019 school year. As next year progresses, the schools will continue to collect and analyze data to identify areas of success and areas that may need improvement. The ultimate goal of the PBIS initiative is to create a culture where all students are safe and successful.

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