State law encourages districts to implement school-wide positive behavioral interventions or tiered frameworks.
Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 1949 Act 13. Section 1306-B. School safety and security grant program
(j) Specific purposes. — The committee shall provide grants to school entities for programs that address safety and security, including: … (3) School-wide positive behavior support that includes primary or universal, secondary and tertiary supports and interventions in school entities. ... (10) Development and implementation of research-based violence prevention programs that address risk factors to reduce incidents of problem behaviors among students, including, but not limited to, bullying. ... (17) Staff training programs in the use of positive behavior supports, de-escalation techniques and appropriate responses to student behavior that may require immediate intervention. ... (20) Administration of evidence-based screenings for adverse childhood experiences that are proven to be determinants of physical, social and behavioral health and provide trauma-informed counseling services as necessary to students based upon the screening results.
Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 1949 Act 14. Article XIII-A. Safe Schools. Section 1302-A. Office for Safe Schools.
(c) In addition to the powers and duties set forth under subsection (b), the office is authorized to make targeted grants to school entities, and to intermediate units on behalf of nonpublic schools, to fund programs which address school violence, including: (1.1) School-wide positive behavior support that includes primary or universal, secondary and tertiary supports and interventions in school entities. (16) Staff training programs in the use of positive behavior supports, de-escalation techniques and appropriate responses to student behavior that may require immediate intervention.
The Pennsylvania Code § 10.2. Definitions.
School-wide positive behavior support -- A school-wide, evidence-based and data-driven approach to improving school behavior that seeks to reduce unnecessary student disciplinary actions and promotes a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning.
The Pennsylvania Code § 10.21. Immediate notification
(a) The chief school administrator, or a designee, shall immediately notify the local police department when an offense listed in section 1303-A(b)(4.1) of the Safe Schools Act (24 P. S. § 13-1303-A(b)(4.1)) occurs on school property, at a school sponsored activity or on a conveyance as described in the Safe Schools Act, such as a school bus, providing transportation to or from a school or school sponsored activity. (b) Notification shall be made to the local police department by the most expeditious means practicable. (c) As part of its notification of the incident to the local police department, the chief school administrator or a designee shall provide as much of the information in this subsection as is available at the time of notification. The gathering of information should not unnecessarily delay notification. (1) Whether the incident is in-progress or has concluded. (2) Nature of the incident. (3) Exact location of the incident. (4) Number of persons involved in the incident. (5) Names and ages of the individuals involved. (6) Weapons involved in the incident. (7) Whether the weapons have been secured and the custodian of the weapons. (8) Injuries. (9) Whether emergency medical services or the fire department was notified. (10) Identity of the school contact person. (11) Identity of the witnesses. (12) Whether the incident involves a student with a disability, the type of disability and its impact on the student's behavior. (13) Other information as is known to the school entity and believed to be relevant to the incident. (d) In responding to students who commit an incident listed in section 1303-A(b)(4.1) of the Safe Schools Act, a school entity may consider the propriety of utilizing available school-based programs, such as school-wide positive behavior supports, to address the student's behavior and shall notify the local police department of the student's placement in the program. This subsection does not limit law enforcement's discretion.