Gateway PBIS

Gateway Elementary School is a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports school.  PBIS is a school-wide discipline, with the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments (www.pbis.org/schoolPBIS). Instead of using a variety of approaches for behavior and discipline, the school will use PBIS supports for the majority of our students. These supports will be implemented in areas including the classroom and non-classroom settings such as hallways, buses, and restrooms.

What does PBIS look like at Gateway Elementary?

PBIS is a positive behavior support program! The purpose of PBIS at Gateway is to provide a safe, orderly place for all students to L.E.A.R.N:






PBIS Key Concepts

The PBIS program at Gateway incorporates two key concepts:

One is a rewards system to encourage good behavior. The other is a “refocus” system to help a student to correct behaviors and get them back in the classroom as soon as possible to continue learning.


Students earn “LEARN” tickets for positive behavior at school, including the classroom, the playground, and the lunchroom. The students will collect tickets on a monthly basis and if they meet the goal for the number of tickets, will be admitted to the PBIS special event for that month. We will also have a drawing for prizes every month—students who exceed the goal will be eligible to win prizes. The PBIS special events (extra recess, performers, outdoor carnival) motivate positive behavior choices.

Refocus System

The goal of this system is to help students achieve positive behavior. When students are not meeting behavior expectations, they will create a successful plan of recovery to be ready to L.E.A.R.N.

Students get one verbal warning to change their behavior before going into the Refocus System.  Refocus Levels are based on how students are responding to their behavior. There is no designated time limit.  Students need to be ready to carry out their plan when leaving Refocus.

Refocus Level 1: (Teacher led)

Takes place in the classroom. When a student is sent to Refocus 1 in the classroom, they fill out a Refocus Sheet in a designated place in the classroom. Student will make a plan to change their behavior and join the class.  Teacher continues to teach and when student is viewed as being ready to return to their desk, teacher will process with student.

Refocus Level 2: (Teacher led)

Refocus Level 1 teacher is unable to teach and student goes to a buddy classroom to recover. Student takes their Refocus Sheet from Refocus Level 1 into a new environment. Student makes a plan to change their behavior and go back to Level 1 classroom. Buddy Teacher must approve the plan and the Refocus Sheet before returning to Level 1 classroom.

Refocus Level 3: (Principal, Counselor or Interventionist led)

Behaviors which result in safety concerns will be treated as an automatic Level 3 (including office referral behaviors).

Refocus Level 4: (Principal led)

Behavior by student which may result in them being suspended or expelled from school.


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