Richmond Hill Elementary School

School Behavior/Discipline Plan

P. A. W. S.

(Positive Attitudes Will Succeed)

A Guide for Teaching School-Wide Behavioral Expectations

Richmond Hill Elementary School believes in a proactive approach to discipline that incorporates the principles of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. The implementation of School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) reduces student discipline referrals by teaching all students (including those with problem behaviors) through consistent use of the following:

Clearly Defined Outcomes

  • Research-validated practices
  • Use of information for problem solving
  • Supportive administrative systems

Features of School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports

  • Regular, predictable, positive learning and teaching environments
  • Adults and peers as positive models
  • Behavioral expectations are taught and modeled
  • Acknowledgement/focus on positive behaviors
  • Improve social competencies
  • Nurturing environments that support academic success
  • Use emails and written notes for positive communication only. All other communication needs to be face to face or by telephone.


PBIS (positive behavior interventions and support) emphasizes school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Instead of only using consequences for individual behavioral management plans, a variety of positive behavior support for students is implemented in the classroom and around the school (such as hallways, buses, cafeteria and restrooms).