Spotsylvania ES's School Wide Behavior Management Plan
It is our belief that students come to school to learn. We believe that it is the responsibility of our faculty, parents and students to ensure a safe, harmonious and orderly learning climate. In that spirit, and in line with the philosophical approach endorsed by the VDOE of creating an Effective School-Wide Discipline plan (ESD), the staff at Spotsylvania ES has embraced Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) as the main structure for dealing with student discipline and school-wide management.
Effective School-wide Discipline/Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a systems-based approach for establishing the social, cultural, and behavioral
supports needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students. The key and Evidence-Based systems present in effective schools include the following:
- Define and teach positive social expectations
- Acknowledge positive behavior
- Arrange consistent consequences for problem behavior
- On-going collection, analysis and use of data in decision-making
- Three-tier continuum of services and interventions
- Administrator Leadership
- Team-Based Implementation
Through a team-based approach, the staff at Spotsylvania Elementary School has created a proactive system to prevent student management and discipline problems by using school-wide data to predict problems and make informed decisions thereby increasing the likelihood of appropriate behaviors.
The Three R's
Spotsylvania ES has established a set of expectations for students within the school environment which includes classrooms, restrooms, the cafeteria, the playground and our buses. Teachers model, practice and reinforce these expectations during the first few days of each school year and then again as needed throughout the school year. Posters with these expectations are located throughout our building and staff praises and reinforces desired behaviors whenever it is present.
Students are taught to follow the 3 Rs: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Ready.
In the cafeteria being ready means getting everything you need before you sit down. In the restroom, being respectful means giving others privacy. And on the bus, being responsible means keeping your belongings together and on your lap. These are just a few of the expectations in some of the places students frequent. Again, students are taught the expectations for each locale and there are posters in each place to remind them of the proper behaviors.
We use a common voice level protocol to identify volume levels with clear definitions that are easily measured. These common voice levels are expected to be used in classrooms as well and may vary depending on the activity. For example, students may use a Level 1 to work with a partner but need a voice Level 3 to present a book report to the class.
- Voice Level 0 - Silent
- Voice Level 1 - Whisper
- Voice Level 2 - 1-foot voice
- Voice Level 3 - Projecting Voice
- Voice Level 4 - Outside Voice
- Voice Level 0 - Silent