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Rushmore Academy

Marion City School District

PBIS/Restraint and Seclusion Policies

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS)

Marion City Schools is committed to collaboratively establishing a safe, respectful and caring environment that promotes student learning. One of the tools that we use is Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support, a preventive, proactive team-based approach to teaching behavioral expectations throughout the school.

PBIS is a school-wide system that focuses on teaching appropriate behavior to all students in the school. Its purpose is to create a positive environment that promotes unity, maximizes learning and makes everyone feel welcome. It establishes a positive school culture so that a school can be an effective learning environment for all students.

PBIS emphasizes prevention of student behavior problems through the use of non-aversive techniques, which should greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the need to use restraint and/or seclusion.

Benefits of PBIS include:

  • Reduction in problem behavior
  • Increased student engagement
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved classroom management

Each school building adapts PBIS to fit its needs.

Use of restraint/seclusion

Professional staff members and support staff determined appropriate by the Superintendent are permitted to physically restrain and/or seclude a student, but only where there is immediate risk of physical harm to the student and/or others, there is no other safe and effective intervention possible, and the physical restraint or seclusion is used in a manner that is age and developmentally appropriate.

All restraint and seclusion shall only be done in accordance with this policy, which is based on the standards adopted by the State Board of Education regarding the use of student restraint and seclusion.

Training in methods of PBIS and the use of restraint and seclusion will be provided to all professional staff and support staff determined appropriate by the Superintendent. Training will be in accordance with the State's standards. Only school staff who are trained in permissible seclusion and restraint measures shall use such techniques.

Every use of restraint and seclusion shall be documented and reported in accordance with this policy.

More information is available by searching for PBIS in Marion City Schools' bylaws and policies.