What is PBIS?

Schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen it is imperative that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive for growth. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations and directly teaching students about those expectations, it is our goal is to create a positive atmosphere for optimal learning. 

Camden County Schools has adopted a state-wide initiative entitled Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This framework is an evidence-based, data-driven framework that has been proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a schools sense of safety, improve school climate, and support improved academic outcomes for all students. 

The PBIS System has 4 components: 
- A matrix of behavioral expectations 
- Lesson Plans to teach students the behavioral expectations 
- An acknowledgement/reinforcement system 
- Behavioral Infraction Notice

PBIS at Home

How Can I Promote PBIS with My Child at Home?

PBIS -  Involvement at Home

  • Families are encouraged to support Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) through the use of common language and expectations in the home. 
  • Get to know your school’s 3-5 school-wide rules and work with your child on how to connect them to behaviors at home.
  • PBIS schools focus on teaching the behaviors they desire while at school through clear instruction, practice, and positive reinforcement. 
  • A strong partnership between the home and the school can provide families with ideas on addressing behavior in a similar way at home as well.

PBIS Handout

Key Features of PBIS

Behavioral support is provided for ALL students school-wide. This system of support offers all students:

  • Social skills instruction
  • Positive and proactive discipline
  • Social behavior expectations
  • Active supervision and monitoring
  • Positive acknowledgement
  • Fair and corrective discipline
  • Parent training and collaboration

Source: Georgia Department of Education PBIS webpage

Email our PBIS Coach with questions.

Kent Salter

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As a parent, you can be part of the formula for school success by using the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) strategy at home. Below are PBIS steps taken in the school to support appropriate behaviors and to provide a safe learning and environment.  You can try them at home! 

  • Develop clear expectations along with your child’s input 
  • Explain the expected behaviors at a level your child will understand
  • Acknowledge appropriate behaviors – use positive reinforcement to teach your child which actions/behaviors are expected
  • When unacceptable behaviors occur, remind the child of the expectations

Reteach, model and/or have your child practice the appropriate behaviors 


Enhance Home-School Communication

  • One goal of enhancing home-school communication is to support PBIS activities at home and at school.
  • Parents, teachers, and other caregivers must work as parents and share responsibility for promoting positive and consistent outcomes related to a child's academic, behavioral, and social-emotional development.
  • Ask your child's teacher/administrators about PBIS expectations in the school in order to support expectations at home.


    Parents can work along with teachers to promote positive behaviors in school.                                                              Below are a few steps.

    1 Keep in contact with your child's teacher(s) regarding school life                                        accomplishments.
    2. Verbally acknowledge your child's school life accomplishments.                                       
    3. Remind your child that you are proud of them.                                                                           
    4. Follow through with promises and rules at home.                                                                    
    It is important that school personnel and families team up to support students          academically, behaviorally. socially, physically, and emotionally.  Let's partner            together to develop the whole child


Young people today experience many of the same feelings and express some of the same behaviors as adults do.  Understandably, children get angry, sad, frustrated, nervous, happy, and/or embarrassed.  Unfortunately, they often do not have the words to talk about their feeling. Along with the staff at each school, parents can help their child(ren) understand how to appropriately express their feelings by using the following tips.

      1.  When talking to your child, explain different feelings in words s/he can understand.                    You may use books, videos, or pictures to get the point across.
      2.  Teach your child different ways s/he can deal with feelings and control behaviors.                        Discuss appropriate and inappropriate ways to behave.
      3.  Build an open line of communication with the school staff to support behavior                                expectations at home and school.



As students prepare for the remainder of the school year, keeping in communication with the teachers and administrators at his/her school is key to academic success.  Some possible topics to discuss with your child's teacher are:

1.  How can I help my student with homework?
2.  Is my student's behavior in school affecting his/her academic success?  If so, what can I do to support the school's behavior expectations at home?
3.  What can I do at home to prepare my student for the next grade or life after graduation?