RUMFORD — Rumford Elementary School is in its first year of implementing the RSU 10 Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program. The program is funded 100 percent by the U.S. Department of Education Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The initiative promotes effective practices to benefit all children; building capacity of schools, families and communities to promote social and academic success of all students, including those with emotional, behavioral and other disabilities.
Key focus areas of the RSU 10 PBIS program include: prevention-based schoolwide systems of positive behavior support; data-based decision-making for instruction of behavior and academics; wraparound planning for students with complex emotional and behavioral needs and their families; and community-based support for families, youth and schools.
Rumford Elementary School has formed a PBIS Committee, which meets twice a month to gather data and make decisions regarding behavior management within the school. They have adopted three schoolwide expectations: be safe, be responsible and be respectful. The expectations will be posted throughout the school, and the kids will be taught how to follow these wherever they are in the building.
This year, students are earning tokens for being “caught” meeting the expectations in the hallway. The tokens can be turned in at the school store. Elementary school staff have noticed that the hallway behavior has also followed the kids into different areas of the school.
Next year, there will be a PBIS kickoff at the beginning of the school year. The staff will teach, model and practice what it looks like to follow the schoolwide expectations throughout the entire school. Students will then be able to earn tokens wherever they are in the building or at recess.