BOLTS Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)
Parents/Guardians: Did you know that Liberty High is a PBIS School?
The following information is designed to provide you with an overview of what PBIS is, what it looks like at Liberty, and how you can support and reinforce our PBIS mission with your student(s) when they are at home. Please feel free to contact Principal Justin Colbert with any additional questions you may have.
What is PBIS?
PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a framework or approach of assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students. Furthermore, it is a positive school-wide behavior management system; aimed at building relationships within the Liberty community. Our focus is centered on establishing a sense of: Belonging, Ownership, Leadership, Teamwork, and Safety. The BOLTS expectations are taught, reinforced, and acknowledged. They are a vehicle that helps foster a positive culture of learning.
Liberty High PBIS Mission Statement
Dedicated to fostering an effective learning environment by establishing positive behavioral supports and the culture needed for all students in our school to achieve social, emotional, behavioral, and academic success. We will provide this through:
- The development of clearly defined and consistent student expectations and accountabilities which reflect our core values of “Belonging, Ownership, Leadership, Teamwork, and Safety.”
- Continuous analysis of appropriate data to drive ongoing decision-making.
- Application of research based best practices to improve student management and student outcomes
Liberty High PBIS
Liberty High School’s PBIS expectations are based on providing clear expectations for student behavior. The goal of PBIS is to ensure the right of all students to a productive educational environment in which they may learn the social skills necessary to develop into mature, responsible young adults, accountable for their own actions. Students are in control of their own behavior and therefore must take ownership in the consequences that accompany.
An important part of the educational process is helping students become aware of their rights and the responsibilities that accompany those rights. Liberty High School has the duty to create a respectful environment where students learn how to work as a team and begin to lead. These core values will be recognized both positively and productively.
Throughout the school year, students will be exposed to different behavioral expectations that are transferable across the various environments they experience as a Liberty High student, and out in the community. Liberty High students and staff have created videos and lessons that demonstrate expected positive behaviors in each of these spaces. Signage is also displayed throughout the building that will help in reminding students of actionable behaviors that represent Liberty High’s core values: Belonging, Ownership, Leadership, Teamwork, Safety.
What do Liberty Staff members do to reinforce these core values?
- Acknowledge desired behaviors when it happens
- Provide positive postcards home to acknowledge desired behavior
- Provide a positive referral to acknowledge desired behavior
- Give more attention to desired behaviors instead of negative behaviors
- Re-teach desired behaviors when appropriate
- Provide correction for undesired behaviors
What can parents/guardians do to reinforce these core values away from school?
- Use the core values (Belonging, Ownership, Leadership, Teamwork, Safety) and supporting language in conversations with your student(s)
- Example: I am proud of you for holding yourself accountable with…
- Example: Thank you for resolving that conflict appropriately
- Provide positive acknowledgement to your student(s) when they are demonstrating these values
- If your student makes a poor choice, use the core values languages in your corrective conversations
- Focus most of your energy on your student(s) positive behaviors