House bill Addresses Youngest Students

A New Approach to Discipline
Posted on 02/19/2019
Image of Important StampSomething called PBIS, or Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, has been mandated for all Ohio school districts by Ohio House Bill (HB) 318. Passed last year, PBIS requires schools to do more to reduce suspensions among its youngest students. The strategy is to eliminate suspensions and expulsions of children in prekindergarten through third grade by the 2021-22 school year. However, HB 318 provides exceptions by allowing the use of suspension or expulsion in cases of serious bodily injury or the safety of other students.

Akron Public Schools Director of Student Support Services, Daniel Rambler, says PBIS provides a framework that guides teachers in impacting and changing negative behaviors in students, he says, “without resorting to suspensions or expulsions that usually will cause struggling students to fall further behind. The idea with positive intervention is to reinforce with kids the behaviors we expect from them. In the end, we’re hoping this reduces negative behaviors.”

Rambler, in speaking before the Akron School Board at its February 11, 2019, meeting, said each building will implement its own PBIS program with its own leadership teams, so not all programs will look alike. It is an individualized approach based upon the needs of students in each building.

Rambler also told the board that statewide, PBIS trainers will be made available to train the building leadership teams.
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