At the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB), we take bullying seriously. Our goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment free from bullying and harassment, and we do this campus-wide in collaboration with our school community.
In 2010, FSDB adopted the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) program as a model for campus-wide behavior, partnering with the University of South Florida and other schools within the state. In February 2012, the School Safety Advocacy Council recognized FSDB with the National Exemplary Program Recognition Award for its outstanding anti-bullying efforts and a commitment to keeping students safe. FSDB takes great pride in its PBS program.
PBS begins with the philosophy that positive behavior must be supported consistently and continuously in order for appropriate behavior to increase. The PBS approach establishes school wide behavioral expectations that are infused into all areas of the campus. These expectations are Cooperation, Respect and Responsibility. The approach emphasizes modeling, teaching and reinforcing appropriate behaviors related to these expectations. PBS establishes a common language and provides support as needed at varying levels of social, emotional, or behavioral functioning. Although PBS focuses on modeling, teaching and recognizing positive behavior, it is also used to address problem behavior in a more meaningful way. PBS expectations and strategies are utilized in all areas of FSDB – in classrooms, in the dormitories, on buses, during physical education and recreation activities, in cafeterias and in many other common areas on campus.
The PBS program at FSDB:
- Teaches students appropriate skills
- Teaches students when to use these skills
- Teaches expected behaviors, procedures, or routines in all settings
- Teaches skills in context; that is, making use of “teachable moments”
- Consistently rewards appropriate skills
The PBS program is individualized (we develop our own school plan), collaborative (everyone on campus participates), data-driven (we establish what we need based on research), and effective (over 50 years of research backs up the PBS process). Recognizing positive behavior often and consistently through incentives is key to the PBS philosophy.
FSDB Bullying Prevention
State and National Links
- Florida’s Positive Behavior Support Project
- U.S. Department of Education – Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
- U.S. Department of Education – Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Stop Bullying
- Association for Positive Behavior Support
- Kids Against Bullying (student resources)
- It’s My Life (parent-teacher-student resources)
- This Emotional Life (parent-teacher resources)
- Bullying Awareness Guidebook (parent-teacher resources)
- Bullying Awareness and Prevention Guidebook
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