At the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD) Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 Dunlap and Wildwood Elementary Schools were recognized for its Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.
YCJUSD board member Chuck Christie presented a certificate of recognition to Wildwood Elementary School Principal Lucia Hudec and Dunlap Elementary School Principal Lindy Ward.
“It gives me great pleasure to present Wildwood Elementary and Dunlap Elementary School with a certificate of recognition for their PBIS program. This program has allowed the schools to develop behavioral support and exceed community expectations,” said Christie.
At the meeting Hudec and Ward discussed what PBIS is and is not.
“PBIS is a three to five year training commitment to address proactive system changes in the way schools do business. It’s a way of taking all the great initiatives already implemented in the school and tying them together into a framework that works toward a common language, common practice and consistent application of positive and negative reinforcement,” said Hudec.
Wildwood Elementary School describes PBIS as a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral support and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.
“With this program we’re teaching, modeling, practicing, and rewarding appropriate behavior and having clear consequences for targeted behaviors,” Hudec said. “This program is rooted in evidence based practices which adults use to respond to the interventions needed to address behavioral and academic competence for each and every student.”
Hudec and Ward shared that PBIS is not a one-shot training or a “spray and pray” seminar. They also expressed this program is not about being sickeningly sweet to children and giving them stickers or ignoring inappropriate behavior.
Ward also shared some of the 2017-2018 school year PBIS goals.
“Our goals are to create a common language PBIS restorative/justice referral development. We’re anticipating more classified staff on PBIS and further communication with parents and stakeholders,” said Ward.
Ward also shared that the school is implementing a school wide coupon system that rewards students who are caught showing exemplary character and behavior; then students can trade in coupons for gifts.
Ward also shared that since PBIS was implemented into Wildwood Elementary in 2012 the number of suspensions have gone down significantly.
“During the 2012-2013 school year, Wildwood Elementary School had 22 suspensions. This 2017-2018 school year, as of Feb. 20, there have been zero suspensions. These numbers show the significance of the PBIS program,” concluded Ward.