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We will OWLways …

  • Be safe
  • Be kind
  • Be our best
California PBIS coalition 2018
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What is PBIS?

Otis Elementary PBIS

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is an approach to supporting students to be successful in schools. PBIS supports all students through interventions ranging from a school-wide system to a system developing individualized plans for specific students. School-wide PBIS focuses on the development and implementation of pro-active procedures and practices to prevent problem behavior for all students and improve school climate.

Systems to create an inclusive and safe school environment

Soul Shoppe
Social-emotional anti-bullying curriculum that empowers students to be upstanders and resolve conflict through restorative practices (i.e. the Peace Path).

Acknowledgment Systems
Hoot Hoot Hoorays reinforce the behaviors we want to see. These are given by teachers, office staff, parent volunteers, and student leaders. Hoot Hoot Hoorays are randomly drawn out of a collection box by the teacher once a week for student recognition and reward.

Student Leadership
Student leaders from upper grades apply and train to become Peacemakers who help on the play yard for conflict resolution.

Addressing Student Behavior

  • Acknowledge desirable behavior.
  • Talk to the student.
  • Contact student’s family.
  • Conference with student, family, student that was harmed, their family, and office administration.
  • Re-teach the expected behavior individually and with the whole group.

Office vs. Classroom Managed Referrals


  • Inappropriate Language
  • Personal Safety
  • Physical Contact
  • Refusal/Defiance
  • Disruption
  • Malicious Behavior
  • Property Misuse


  • Abusive Language
  • Fighting
  • Physical Aggression
  • School Safety
  • Harassment/Bullying/Hate Speech
  • Stealing
  • Misuse of School Areas/Materials/Property Destruction

Tools Students Use

  • Check-In form for an opportunity to reflect and reset
  • Stop & Breathe form helps with self-regulation
  • “I’ve Got Your Back” form assists with conflict resolution
  • The Clean-Up helps students make repairs after conflict or harm

PBIS Progress Report at Otis

We’ve established strong Tier 1 systems and we’re refining and sustaining development.

What is Tier 1?

It's a positive school-wide culture. Every student and school community member knows the 3 B’s (Be safe, Be kind, Be your best), is clear on expectations in all areas of school, and knows how to seek support to resolve conflict.

We as parents can refresh school expectations by reviewing the 3 B’s (Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Your Best) at home, reminding your child of Soul Shoppe tools, and practicing these tools and behaviors at home.

Stay tuned for the expanding role of Student Council to have more of a voice in school-wide culture!


For more information, check out the California PBIS Coalition and the U.S. Dept. of Education's PBIS Web site.