Rhode Island - Multi-tiered Positive Behavior Supports: Programs and Services (S/D)

Programs And Services
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State law requires districts to implement school-wide positive behavioral supports or tiered frameworks.

Basic Education Program 200-RICR-20-10-1.3.1 Academic Supports and Interventions

B. Supports and Interventions through Systematic Problem Solving.

    1. Each LEA shall provide student-centered, data-driven supports and interventions utilizing a problem-solving process, bu ilding on the foundation of a guaranteed and viable comprehensive program of study. This process shall be comprehensive and systematic and focused at the individual student level in order to provide access to supports and interventions as may be necessary at the classroom, school, and district levels to ensure that each student is provided with supports and interventions designed to enable that student to achieve academic success. The LEA shall provide a full continuum of universal, targeted, and intensive supports that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, research-based, and designed to respond to student needs in compliance with the specific requirements for support services described herein.
    1. Each LEA shall develop school and district level data-based, decision-making teams. These teams shall review comprehensive assessment data to develop, evaluate and modify academic instruction and support services. Descriptions of such teams shall include the purpose of each team, team composition, and the frequency with which each team meets.
    1. The LEA's problem-solving approach to determine appropriate levels of support and intervention must include identification of student-based issues (specifying both target and actual performance), identification of supports and interventions developed to address those issues, measurements designed to evaluate responsiveness, and the identification of responsible LEA staff.

Basic Education Program 200-RICR-20-10-1.3.2 Supportive and Nuturing School Community

F. Positive Behavioral Supports and Discipline.

    1. Each LEA shall ensure that schools promote a positive climate with emphasis on mutual respect, self-control, good attendance, order and organization, and proper security. Each LEA shall develop protocols that define a set of discipline strategies and constructs that ensure that students and adults make positive behavioral choices and that are conducive to a safe and nurturing environment that promotes academic success.
  1. Each LEA shall ensure that:
    • a. Schools engage in a participatory process (involving students and staff) to assess periodically the school climate and to adopt or develop strategies to improve conditions (see the Board of Regents Policy Statement on Student Rights);
    • b. Students and parents/guardians are notified of district and school rules related to conduct and shall receive regular instruction regarding these rules. In addition, parents/guardians, and students shall be provided with information about early warning signs of harassing and intimidating behaviors, such as bullying, as well as prevention and intervention strategies;
    • c. Schools provide a structure of incentives that adequately reward students for their efforts and achievements. Attention shall be given to rewarding a diversity of accomplishments and to broadening the availability of rewards;
    • d. Schools have a clearly delineated system for ensuring compulsory attendance for children six (6) to sixteen (16) that includes:
    • (1) Procedures for noting daily absenteeism and investigating unexcused absences;
    • (2) Procedures for noting the required period of attendance of students attending at-home instruction approved by the school committee or at a private day school approved by the Commissioner of Education; and
    • (3) The appointment of truant (or attendance) officers whose duties shall include referring truant students to appropriate school support services and procedures for enforcing any given case through civil action filed in Family Court;
    • e. Disciplinary actions are fairly administered for all students and comply with state laws mandating that certain violations be considered on a case by case basis; recognizing that there is no mechanism in Rhode Island law for expulsion of students; and
    • f. Schools shall provide a continuum of interim alternative educational placement options to continue a student's education while suspended that ensure the safety of the student and the school community.
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