What is SWPBIS?
SWPBIS stands for School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (SWPBS). In a nutshell, it is a systems approach, used in schools across the nation, for establishing the social culture and individualized behavior supports needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students. The system focus is clearly defined behavior expectations and positive reinforcement for all students.
Why do Deerfield students and staff need SWPBIS?
Deerfield staff wants to create a sense of unity and pride amongst the students at Deerfield. The system will enable the Deerfield staff to consistently promote, teach, and maintain appropriate student behavior.
What is FALCON FIVE Pledge?
“Today I choose to be respectful, responsible, focused, kind, safe because I value myself, my learning, and my community. I am ready to do my personal best. Go Falcons!”
How will students learn the FALCON FIVE behavior expectations?
During the first full week of school, the Deerfield staff will conduct a “kick-off” for the SWPBIS system by walking the students through the different areas of the campus where they will review expectations, demonstrate appropriate behavior, and role play making positive choices. Every student will complete activities in their classroom to demonstrate that they have learned the FALCON FIVE expectations and what they look like in each area of the school. The positive incentive tiered raffle system will be introduced the first week of school. We have a “Falcon Flock” assembly every Wednesday at 8:20 a.m. on the playground in which all students grades 1-6 attend. Dr. Hatchel and Mrs. Smith lead the assemblies. This is a forum to say the Pledge of Allegiance, make important announcements, reward students, draw raffle tickets, and to say our Falcon Pledge each week. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
How does the program reinforce positive behavior?
The Deerfield PBIS team has worked diligently to develop meaningful and fun incentives for our students. Students are awarded and recognized daily, weekly, and on a monthly basis for success in adhering to these expectations. In addition, students will have an opportunity to earn Falcon Five cards throughout the school day from any staff member that observes the student behaving in a FALCON FIVE manner. The staff has come up with many incentives that will appeal to students and students will have an opportunity to reach each level of the award system throughout the year. We also do a weekly raffle at the Falcon Flock Assembly in which winners choose a prize from the prize cart in the office. In addition, we will recognize FALCON FIVE Students each month.
What happens if my child has a behavior problem at school?
When students have minor behavior errors, staff will meet with the student and come up with strategies to ensure the behavior is not repeated. If continual minor behavior errors occur, your child’s teacher will communicate those concerns with you. If major behaviors errors occur, the school administrator or designee will contact you. We hope anytime you are contacted about a behavioral error you will take the opportunity to discuss FALCON FIVE choices with your child and come up with strategies to avoid a repetition of the behavior. Playground game rules are taught and reviewed throughout the school year, and are available on our website. Students are held responsible for learning and following these rules.
ZERO TOLERANCE (IUSD Board Policy)
We enforce a policy of Zero Tolerance, which means that the following violations will result in immediate SUSPENSION or EXPULSION from the Irvine Unified School District.
Possession of a firearm
Brandishing a knife
Sale of Controlled Substance
Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault
In addition, the following violations will result in immediate SUSPENSION and a determination of further action that may result in EXPULSION proceedings.
Serious physical injury to others
Possession of knives, explosives or other dangerous objects
Possession of controlled substance
Robbery or extortion
Assault or battery upon any school employee