PBIS at DJJ: Augusta RYDC Spring Break

Springtime means Spring Break for Georgia's high school students and youth attending the Georgia Preparatory Academy at DJJ at the Augusta Youth Detention Center (Augusta RYDC), this annual tradition is no different. As part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program,  Augusta RYDC youth who were incident-free and who had no cool-off periods, special incident reports or redirections for a significant period were rewarded with access to Spring Break 2019.

This year's Augusta RYDC Spring Break featured new food and games designed and presented by the PBIS staff.  Candied apples, cotton candy, snow cones were some of the tasty snacks available for the youth. A multitude of games also proved to be a big hit as the youth divided up in a spirited tug of war and also competed in bowling.

PBIS is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 23,000 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgment or feedback of positive student over the counter behavior, will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of higher productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve the school climate for all students. 

Special thanks to Valerie Askew of the Augusta RYDC and Chris Davis of PBIS.