The Saugus USD is proud to support Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for the improvement of student success throughout our schools.

What is Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)?

PBIS is a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) developed by the Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education. PBIS promotes positive and safe school climates by clearly identifying positive behavioral expectations and explicitly teaching the desired behaviors to students. It is a framework, not a program or curriculum.

Los Angeles County has one of the highest rates of PBIS implementation throughout the state.

PBIS utilizes three tiers of support designed to meet the needs of students:

  • Tier 1: Universal Intervention 80%
  • Tier 2: Targeted Intervention 15%
  • Tier 3: Intensive Intervention 5%

How Long Does it Take to Implement PBIS?

It is a three- to five-year process to plan and fully implement all levels of PBIS. Schools spend the first year training, planning, and discussing the framework with stakeholders. The second year begins the implementation of Tier 1. Data obtained from site-based assessments (Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) and Self-Assessment Survey (SAS) determine a school’s readiness to progress to Tier 2.

Who Uses PBIS?

All 50 states and several countries utilize the PBIS framework. It is also successfully used in probation camps and juvenile justice centers within Los Angeles County. All of our SUSD schools are utilizing and implementing PBIS. For specific details about PBIS at your child’s school, contact the site administrator or your child’s teacher.

Can Students Still Be Suspended or Expelled?

Yes, if the student violates one or more areas of the CA Education Code (EC) 48900 a-w, a site administrator must fully investigate the situation and may recommend suspension or expulsion. Under EC 48900.5, the school must attempt other means of correction before suspending a student.