Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports

  • The Lorain City School District emphasizes Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) by collaborating with administration, our school buildings, parents, and community organizations. The PBIS initiative has been expanding throughout our district with proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Click here if you would like to help support PBIS through the donations of incentives and awards.
    In the past, discipline practices have focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions, and expulsions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective.
    Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school-wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm. 
    In addition, each school building conducts various anti-bullying programs throughout the year. These include assemblies, red-ribbon weeks, student-led Bully Busting activities, and other special initiatives each year.

    More information on PBIS can be found at this link.