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Positive Behavior Intervention & Support

As part of a district-wide initiative, Edmonds Elementary has implemented a Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS) model. Our staff and student body have devoted much time over the last several years to collaborating on the details of our school-wide PBIS model.

What is Positive Behavior Intervention & Support?

PBS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. Instead of using a different behavioral management plan in each classroom and other learning areas, a consistent system of expectations and rewards for all students within a school is implemented in all classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, playground, restrooms). This approach is based on directly teaching students the behaviors we expect to see, reminding them to use those behaviors, acknowledging them when they do, correcting them when they do not, and celebrating their successes. The goal of PBIS is to create a positive school culture by reducing problem behavior and providing maximum academic time for students and staff.

Why is it so important to focus on teaching positive social behaviors?

In the past, school-wide discipline has focused mainly on reacting to specific student misbehavior by implementing punishment-based strategies including reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals and suspensions. Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective. Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior are important pieces of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding.

What is PBIS at our school?

One important piece of PBS is to create a set of 3-5 school rules that are well-known to all students and staff. Our school-wide expectations include:

Edmonds Orcas are:

  • Responsible
  • Respectful
  • Safe
  • Ready to Learn

The Edmonds Behavior Matrix will be posted throughout the school and your child will be learning our school expectations during his or her first days at school and they will be reinforced regularly throughout the school year. It is the mission of Edmonds Elementary to nurture each student's academic, social and emotional development to his/her fullest potential. We need the continued support and involvement of our families to make this a reality. Please take this opportunity to talk to your child about our school rules and the importance of consistently striving to demonstrate these behaviors.

Behavior Rewards

It is important to recognize positive student behavior. At Edmonds, the staff uses the following systems:

  • Positive praise
  • Outstanding Orca Slip
  • Friday High 5s and Good Choice Charm
  • Lunch with the Principal
  • Quarterly Outstanding Orca Assemblies with Student Pennant Recognition

Behavior Consequences

Within state and district guidelines, we attempt to have consequences "fit" the behaviors as much as possible. With that philosophy in mind, the following are some general guidelines with regards to discipline.

Some consequences may include:

  • Discussion and verbal warning
  • Redirection
  • Whale Warning (repetitive or chronic misbehaviors)
  • Time out at a logical location (the wall at recess, in the office, Solution Room)
  • Parent phone call
  • Alternative recess location
  • Referral to Solution Room or Counselor
  • Referral to Principal
  • In-School Suspension (continued/chronic misbehavior or possibly the first offense based on behavior). A student remains in the suspension area for a minimum of one half day, to complete schoolwork. There will be no recesses. Lunch will be eaten in the suspension area. Parents will be notified and a conference may be scheduled.
  • Out of School Suspension (chronic misbehaviors, physical fighting and/or higher level misbehaviors). A student is formally suspended for one or more days. Parents are notified and a parent conference will be required before the student may return to school. Students suspended from school on either an in-school or out-of-school suspension may not attend evening school functions or school-sponsored activities.
  • Expulsion for weapons or firearms

Exceptional Misconduct

The following behaviors cause a substantial disruption to the learning environment and will result in an immediate suspension. The Principal or designee will determine the number of days of suspension.

  • Blatant disrespect to adults or peers
  • Profanity / obscenity
  • Possession of alcohol, drugs, or weapons
  • Intentional damage to property

Legislation allows for suspension and punishment of a student who defaces or otherwise injures "property belonging to a school contractor, employee, or another student" not just those damaging school property. A student suspended under this section may not be readmitted until the damage has been paid for in full or the superintendent directs his or her admittance. If the student was suspended for damaging a school bus, the same suspension provisions apply plus the student may not ride any school bus.


Fighting is defined as any kicking, hitting (with hands, body, or objects), pinching, biting, hair pulling, or shoving (into people or objects) that causes physical injury (e.g., scratches, scrapes, welts, bruising, bleeding) to another student. Fighting is not defined as name calling or pushing, but those behaviors are often precursors to a fight. There will be no distinction regarding intent to harm once a student has engaged in a fight.

School Bus Behavior

Student conduct shall be maintained on district school buses in order to provide for safe and efficient transport of students. Bus drivers shall have the responsibility and authority to maintain discipline on the school buses and to recommend to the appropriate building Principal when necessary, that disciplinary action be taken. Student misconduct on a school bus may, depending upon seriousness and /or frequency, be sufficient cause to discontinue provision of transportation to a student. Parents of a student who damages a school bus will be responsible for restitution to the school district.

These rules and regulations have been established for the safety of students riding school buses.

Prior to loading

While on the bus

Standards for student conduct on buses shall be the same as standards for student conduct in all other school sponsored activities. Rules will apply while on a field trip.

Student Alcohol and Drug Use Policy

The Edmonds School District recognizes that the use/abuse and possession of alcohol, controlled, illegal, addictive, or harmful substance(s), including anabolic steroids, is a societal problem and may represent an impairment to the normal development, well-being, and academic performance of students. To ensure the safety, health, and well-being of all students, the district is committed to the support, and necessary corrective actions. While the primary obligation to seek assistance rests with the student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s), school staff shall work with the home and community to develop and implement a comprehensive prevention and intervention program.

The policy is as follows: Any student who is under the influence of or possesses, sells, offers for sale, or distributes alcohol or controlled substances or drug paraphernalia will be considered under the disciplinary category of exceptional misconduct, which warrants an immediate short-term suspension or expulsion.

Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying Policy 8207

The district is committed to establishing a safe and civil educational environment for all students that is free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying (HIB). It is a violation of District policy for a member of the school community to harass, intimidate, or bully a student on District property, at school-sponsored events, or when such actions create a substantial disruption of the educational process. Students will not be harassed because of their race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation (including gender expression or identity), mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics.

  • This policy is a component of the district's responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful, and inclusive learning community.
  • This policy shall be implemented in conjunction with training of students, staff, and volunteers.

To determine whether conduct is "substantially interfering with a student's education," the district will consider a targeted student's grades, attendance, demeanor, interaction with peers, participation in activities, and other indicators.

Conduct that may rise to the level of harassment, intimidation, and bullying may include, but is not limited to: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, ostracism, physical attacks or threats, gestures, or acts relating to an individual or group.


  • This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment.
  • Behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may still be prohibited by other District policies or building, classroom or program rules.
  • If you witness behaviors that are of concern to you, please report that information to a school staff member.
  • Any person in the school community (other than a staff member) who observes or receives notice that a student has or may have been the target of unresolved, severe, or persistent harassment, intimidation, or bullying, must notify school staff.
  • The incidents may be reported verbally or in writing to any staff member.


Staff will receive annual training on the district's policy and procedure, including staff roles and responsibilities, how to monitor common areas, and how to use the reporting form.

  • Staff includes, but is not limited to, educators, administrators, counselors, school nurses, food service workers, custodians, bus drivers, athletic coaches, advisors to extracurricular activities, classified staff, substitute teachers, volunteers, or Para educators.
  • The district will provide students with strategies aimed at preventing harassment, intimidation and bullying. In its efforts to train students, the district will seek partnerships with families, law enforcement, and other community agencies.

Incident Form:

To make a report in writing, a school community member may use the district's Harassment,

Bullying or Intimidation (HIB) Form.

  • The form can be found on the district's website: www.edmonds.wednet.edu or from each school's website.


    No school employee, student, or volunteer may engage in reprisal or retaliation against a targeted student, complainant, witness, or other person who brings forward information about an alleged act of harassment, intimidation or bullying.

    • Retaliation is prohibited. It is a violation of Policy 8207 to threaten or harm someone for reporting harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

    Relationship to Other Laws/Policies:

    There are other laws and procedures to address related issues such as sexual harassment or discrimination. For information about these, please contact the school principal.

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