PBIS

PBIS matrix

What is PBIS?
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Schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally.  For this to happen it is imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive for growth.  By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations and directly teaching students about those expectations, it is our goal is to create a positive atmosphere for optimal learning.

Camden County Schools has adopted a state-wide initiative entitled Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This framework is an evidence-based, data-driven framework that has been proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety, improve school climate, and support improved academic outcomes for all students.


The PBIS System has 4 components:

- A matrix of behavioral expectations
- Lesson Plans to teach students the behavioral expectations
- An acknowledgment/reinforcement system
- Behavioral Infraction Notice

 At David L. Rainer, we have three school-wide behavioral expectations:

We are Respectful
We are Responsible
We are Safe


PBIS Involvement at Home

As a parent, you can be part of this formula for school success by using the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) strategy at home. Below are PBIS steps taken in the school to support appropriate behaviors and to provide a safe learning environment. You can try them at home!

  • Develop clear expectations along with your child's input.
  • Explain the expected behaviors at a level your child will understand.
  • Acknowledge appropriate behaviors - use positive reinforcement to teach your child which actions/behaviors are expected.
  • When unacceptable behaviors occur, remind your child of the expectations.
  • Reteach, model and/or have your child practice the appropriate behaviors.

Enhance Home-School Communication

  • One goal of enhancing home-school communication is to support PBIS activities at home and at school.
  • Parents, teachers, and other caregivers must work as partners and share responsibilities for promoting positive and consistent outcomes related to a child's academic, behavioral and social-emotional development.
  • Ask your child's teachers/administrators about PBIS expectations in the school in order to support expectations at home.