Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, D-DHS will be implementing an approach to student life call Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The focus of PBIS is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at D-DHS.
While many faculty and students may have assumptions of what is expected behavior, we cannot assume that everyone’s beliefs are similar. Through PBIS, we will work to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which ALL community members have clear expectations and understandings of their role at DDHS.
D-DHS will be using the following steps to implement PBIS:
1. Behavioral Expectations are Defined. A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are defined in positive, simple, rules. Delavan-Darien High School’s Comet Code is:
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Safe
- (See table of expectations below)
2. Behavioral Expectations are Taught. The behavioral expectations are taught to all students in the building and are taught in real contexts. Teaching appropriate behavior involves much more than simply telling students what behaviors they should avoid. The behavior expectations define what we expect to see in our school environment.
3. Appropriate Behaviors are Acknowledged. Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular basis. D-DHS has designed a formal system that reqards positive behaviors.
4. Behavioral Errors are Corrected Proactively. When students violate behavioral expectations, clear procedures are needed for providing information to students that behavior was unacceptable. Staff will re-teach, pre-correct, and/or re-direct behaviors as needed.