Osky ES PBIS

Members of the Oskaloosa Elementary School pose for a photo to commemorate their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program, which was recognized by the Iowa Department of Education.

Oskaloosa Elementary School has been recognized for its success with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program by receiving the “Paramount” Level Award by the Department of Education and the Great Prairie Area Education Agency.

OES was selected for the strong PBIS System that is in place at the school.

PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support for academics and behavior which provides the framework for school districts to implement and monitor prevention and intervention practices for students to provide support needed for all students. PBIS has reduced major disciplinary infractions, reduced out-of-school suspensions, improved prosocial behavior, boosted academic achievement, and improved school climate.

PBIS focuses on conditions to support learning by providing positive, predictable and safe environments. At OES, the PBIS expectations are to be respectful, responsible, safe and caring in the following areas: classroom, hallway, playground, restroom, lunchroom and bus.

The heart of our PBIS program is reflected in our district's mission statement: “Engaging all students to embrace the power of learning.”

Schools that earn the Paramount level award are sustaining Level 1 and Level 2 supports, and implement Tier 3 support plans for those students needing more intensive support.

We are proud of our PBIS system at OES and the growth we have seen over the past 6 years. Our Indian Pride team which consists of our Administrators, Student Success Coaches, and School Counseling staff meet twice a month to go over student referrals, write individual behavior plans, and assign a case manager to work with individual students to meet their needs. The teachers at OES are invested in the program and work hard to teach our students positive behavior strategies so that they are successful in and out of the classroom.

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