PBIS training aims to reduce number of office write ups in Bibb schools

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Bibb County School District is trying to reduce the number of students who are sent to the office for disciplinary reasons.

The “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports” focuses on student discipline. Teachers identify the problems at their school and come up with solutions. This week Bibb County high school faculty is training to become experts in this program.

“If they’re in a positive environment, they’re more likely to adhere to rules,” explained Dr. Michele Flowers, the PBIS Coordinator for the Bibb County School District.

That’s the general idea behind the PBIS program. Bibb County high school faculty and staff are learning how to create a positive environment for their students.

“I do believe there’s a concern about discipline and student behavior,” said Bibb Schools Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones Jr.

So far this year, 16,000 students across the district were sent to the principal’s office. During training, teachers and staff review those numbers and past disciplinary data to find solutions to these problems.

“We’re targeting behavior in the lunch room, voice levels in the hallways,” explained Northeast High teacher Kimberly Lowe.

Participants categorized which situations sent students to the office and which ones teachers handled.

“That will help us in terms of learning environments for our classrooms,” noted Lowe.

After teachers were trained in the PBIS program, Dr. Jones saw a reduction in the number of office write ups during his time leading the Griffin-Spalding School District.

“In 2008 we had almost 14,000 office reports and we were able to cut that number down to less than 6,000 four years later,” recalled Dr. Jones.

Lowe believes this is because teachers are actually taking the lessons they learned during training and implementing them in the classroom.

“Once you target what the problem is and you put a plan in place to target whatever the problem is, I think that decreases the write ups,” explained Lowe.

Every teacher in Bibb County will go through the PBIS training. School officials plan to implement what they learned starting next school year.

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