PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports)

  • The Olathe School District has adopted PBIS as an evidence-based framework to support all students in exhibiting positive behaviors at school.

    Empower. Teach. Grow.

    In Olathe schools, we believe ALL students can be successful at school. Our job as a school community is to create effective systems that teach our students behavioral, social, and emotional skills. As a part of our district strategic plan, Olathe Schools has adopted Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) as our district framework for promoting successful behavior at school.

    What is PBIS?

    PBIS is a framework for organizing prevention and intervention efforts that promote effective behavior at school. PBIS includes the following components:

    1. All students are taught school-wide expectations and rules
    2. All students are acknowledged for following these expectations
    3. All staff respond to behavioral challenges with care and consistency
    4. Staff regularly reflect on school-wide data to adjust practices
    5. All staff know how to ask for help when additional support is needed for a student

    PBIS is supported by dozens of high quality research studies, and has been implemented in tens of thousands of schools worldwide. PBIS usually results in more positive behaviors and fewer challenging behaviors at school. It also fosters a safe, positive, and trauma-informed school climate.

    We also know a one-size fits-all approach to behavior does not work. Each school will have a PBIS team that builds a custom system to fit the unique needs of their staff and students. Schools remain prepared to offer individualized support to students with specific needs.

    When will my school start PBIS?

    A rushed system does not work. So, the district is taking a “slow and steady” approach to PBIS rollout. Each school will select when to begin developing their PBIS system, knowing that it takes one to two years to fully implement all PBIS practices. Some schools have already begun! Email Scott Fluke, PBIS Coordinator, if you have questions about your school’s PBIS timeline.