School District of Janesville
Grade Level: Elementary
Profile: October 2011
Our PBIS Story
At the end of the 2009-10 school year, our newly trained PBIS team sat down to analyze office discipline referral (ODR) data. One specific time and location that seemed to jump off the page was the playground and lunchroom during the noon hour. In the 2009-10 school year we had 161 ODRs that came from the playground and 26 from the lunchroom for a total of 187. This lunch and recess time accounted for almost 30 percent of our ODRs for the whole year. We knew if we could do something to help with this time and location, we’d get a lot of bang for our buck.
We discussed reasons why this time and location seemed to be so problematic for our students. The students ate their lunch and went to recess afterward. When considering the student’s perspective, we realized that students really had no incentive to leave the playground after recess because they were simply returning to their classroom for core academic instruction. Unfortunately, this is not motivating enough for all kids.
We decided that we needed to give kids a stronger incentive to leave the playground. So at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, we switched the order of lunch and recess. Students now have their recess first and then come inside to eat lunch. Students are now very motivated to line up and come in off the playground because they know lunch is waiting for them.
We have found that this one simple change has had a significant impact on the volume of difficult behaviors on the playground, and the number of ODRs during this time frame has decreased by 16 percent in the 2010-11 school year.