"We'd like to thank all of our district and school site staff whose hard work and dedication have supported the successful implementation of PBIS in our schools," said Ed Diolazo, assistant superintendent of student support services for PUSD. "This recognition is a testament to the great work taking place in our schools toward the efforts of creating positive learning environments for all students."
The California PBIS Coalition recognized schools for their successful implementation at platinum, gold, silver and bronze levels.
Hart and Pleasanton middle schools received bronze awards, while silver awards were given to Alisal, Fairlands, Lydiksen, Valley View and Vintage Hills elementary schools.
The PBIS framework involves multiple tiers of support, with the baseline tier aiming to address all students through established behavioral expectations and rewards, and the top tiers targeting particular students in need of additional help.
PUSD began officially implementing PBIS systems in elementary schools during the 2015-16 school year, according to staff. The initiatives included actions like establishing three to five positively stated school rules, directly teaching these rules in all campus settings, developing a reward system, clearly defining consequences and procedures, and putting together a PBIS handbook based on the year's work.
To help schools implement the PBIS systems, the district received a school climate transformation grant from the U.S. Department of Education, to be dispersed over the course of five years, from 2014-19.
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