Positive School-Wide Behavior Program


    What is the reason for having a School-Wide Positive Behavior System?

    To shift from a reactive and aversive approach for managing problem behavior to one that is preventive and positive by creating proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment.  The system is based on a three-tier structure:

    • Tier I prevention focuses on preventing the development of new cases of problem behaviors by focusing on all students and staff, across all school settings.

    • Tier II prevention focuses on reducing the number of existing cases of problem behaviors by establishing efficient and rapid responses to problem behavior.

    • Tier III prevention focuses on reducing the intensity and/or complexity of existing cases of problem behavior that are resistant to primary and secondary prevention efforts.

    The Elementary Schools have identified three main schoolwide expectations that are taught directly to students and defined during their classroom meetings.

    1. Be respectful to classmates, teachers and staff

    2. Listen and follow directions

    3. Work and play safely

    If a child is having difficulty making positive choices, there are several different ways negative behaviors can be addressed.   We hope that by recognizing a student’s positive behaviors, this will eliminate negative behaviors.

    Teachers at the OPLC & OES will begin each day with Morning Meeting time to promote student wellness.

    Morning Meeting is a learning structure where students gather in a circle and engage in a brief and positive way to support them to be their best selves and do their best learning for the day. Beginning the school day with Morning Meeting helps students to feel safe, welcome, and ready to learn. By prioritizing fifteen to twenty minutes in the beginning of the day for Morning Meeting, we can give students an opportunity to make positive social connections both student-to-student and student-to-teacher. There are many ways to infuse academics into Morning Meeting as well. Students will review concepts that have been taught as well as create excitement for the learning planned for the day ahead.

    Morning Meeting supports students by:

    • Starting the day on a positive note

    • Creating a positive learning community 

    • Providing opportunities to learn and practice social and emotional skills, habits, and mindsets

    • Encouraging cooperation and teamwork

    • Practicing speaking and listening skills

    • Fostering reflective thinking and conversations that connect to learning throughout the day


    Rules Against Bullying

    We do not bully.

    We help students who are bullied.

    We include students who are left out.

    We tell an adult at school and an adult at home when someone is being bullied.