RIPLEY, Ohio – Ripley Union Lewis Huntington Elementary School was awarded the bronze award for excellence in Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.

According to its website, PBIS supports schools, districts, and states to build systems capacity for implementing a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional and behavior support. The broad purpose of PBIS is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of schools and other agencies. The website says PBIS improves social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from underrepresented groups. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

According to the RULH newsletter, the evaluation process for the award consisted of providing evidence of meeting items on a rubric that is provided to the school. The process was carried out by the RULH Elementary PBIS sub-committee, according to Superintendent Jamie Wilkins.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, PBIS is a framework designed to prevent chronic behavioral challenges, provide early intervention for children and youth displaying repeated patterns of problem behavior, provide support to children at-risk to allow them to successfully remain in the general education environments and provide instruction for students regarding expected behaviors at school.

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The bronze award, according to Ohio PBIS Network, means RULH elementary is classified as “developing” its PBIS framework. It means the school has documented evidence of a comprehensive system of behavior supports for students as well as having implemented essential elements of the framework with fidelity and consistency. According to the Ohio PBIS Network, being awarded bronze recognition means RULH has produced evidence of organized team meeting notes and data-based program planning.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment by the elementary teachers and staff,” Wilkins said. “This award confirms that the implementation of the PBIS program at RULH Elementary School is positively impacting students and creating a warm school culture.”

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