School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports: PVPA C.A.R.E.S.

School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports: PVPA C.A.R.E.S.

Considerate        Accountable        Respectful        Empathetic        Safe

The main focus of School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at PVPA.  As PVPA’s student body comes from almost 60 different towns and cities, the behavioral expectations learned from sending schools and home communities vary widely. 

SWPBS is based on the idea that when students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations and provided with predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective, all students are more likely to meet those expectations. Through SWPBS, we work to create and maintain a productive, fair, safe environment in which all school community members have clear expectations and understanding of their role in the educational process.

PVPA C.A.R.E.S. is built on this evidence-based framework proven to improve school climate, reduce challenging behavior, and increase instructional time in schools. PVPA C.A.R.E.S was designed to intentionally teach and reward expected behaviors and put into place supports to prevent unexpected behaviors. 

Click HERE to view the PVPA C.A.R.E.S. Code of Conduct & Behavior Matrix.

PVPA C.A.R.E.S.........

Defines Expectations

…..Through a few clear and positive words and related expectations:

     Considerate   Accountable   Respectful   Empathetic   Safe 

These expectations are outlined across school settings in the Behavior Expectations Matrix and the Code of Conduct Matrix

Teaches Expectations
...To all students and then expectations are reinforced by all school adults in the moment. A series of seven lessons are taught in grades 7-9 using a variety of arts to explore and practice each expectation.
Acknowledges Expected Behaviors
….School adults provide acknowledgement and positive reinforcement of expected and wanted behaviors by:
  • Regular positive feedback (verbal and/or nonverbal) with a 5:1 positive to corrective ratio
  • Class acknowledgements/rewards for meeting class goals regarding expected behaviors 
  • Monthly drawings of CARES raffle tickets to recognize one lucky winner for meeting positive behavior expectations. Classroom or schoolwide celebrations may also occur when students have turned in a certain number of CARES tickets as a class or school.
Responds to Unexpected Behaviors
...By reteaching the expected behavior
...By offering opportunities to reflect on actions and make amends
...By enlisting caregiver support in reinforcing expectations
...By providing needed supports for students to be able to meet the expectations
...By maintaining a safe and welcoming school through accountability to the expectations