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Vineyard PBIS Program to be honored by Statewide Organization

Vineyard Junior High School will be presented with a silver award for its outstanding work with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program to improve the culture on campus for students and staff.

The California PBIS Coalition will present awards to school sites from the West End, East Valley and Mountain regions of San Bernardino County at a ceremony Dec. 13 at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

Hosted by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ PBIS program, County Superintendent Ted Alejandre will present silver, gold and platinum awards to winning programs from 15 school districts throughout the region.

PBIS is a behavior and discipline framework that creates a culture of collaboration and shared responsibility among staff, students and families to foster school environments that are safe and welcoming. The purpose is move students from negative behavior toward respect, kindness and compassion.

“PBIS sets clear behavioral expectations for all students and rewards them daily for complying,” said Alejandre at his annual County State of Education address. “The approach helps schools better manage school discipline and improve school culture for all students. It also establishes specific consequences for violations of that code of conduct that are applied equally to all, and it requires detailed data tracking and analysis of student behavior problems.”

The PBIS framework is comprised of intervention practices and organizational systems for establishing the social culture and the appropriate learning and teaching environment. School staff is trained in the PBIS framework before the program is implemented. Parent conferences follow, and then students are taught expected behaviors both inside and outside of the classroom setting and in a wide variety of environments.

Instead of negative consequences, PBIS uses evidence-based behavior intervention strategies to enhance positive academic and social outcomes for all students on school campuses. The approach helps schools better manage school discipline and improve school culture for all students. 

Vineyard is among several ALSD schools where PBIS is fully in place, along with Hermosa Elementary School, Floyd M. Stork Elementary School, Alta Loma Elementary School and Deer Canyon Elementary School. The other five ALSD schools are at various stages of implementing the program. Countywide, more than 350 schools participate in PBIS.

The countywide impact of PBIS on both suspension and expulsion rates is especially eye-opening. Suspensions decreased by more than 30,000 across San Bernardino County schools over the past six years. Expulsions are more than one-third down over that same period, with 346 fewer expulsions.