PBIS at DJJ: Loftiss RYDC Spring Events

May 8, 2018

This Spring, the students and facility of the Loftiss Regional Youth Detention Center (Loftiss RYDC) in Thomasville held several events as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program.  Youth who were incident-free and who had no cool-off periods, special incident reports or redirections for a significant period of time were rewarded access to the PBIS events at the facility. Two of the main recent events were the Easter ceremony and Sip and Paint.


The PBIS Easter celebration at the Loftiss RYDC involved faith and fellowship for those who attended. Provided snacks by the PBIS organizers, youth were able to enjoy time outside while engaging in worshipful discussion afterwards.


Another successful event at the Loftiss RYDC was the PBIS Sip and Paint. Similar to h'dourves and painting parties held in restaurants around the country, the PBIS Sip and Paint combined provided snacks with watercolor painting to make for a leisurely afternoon for participating youth. 

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 acknowledgement or feedback of positive student over the counter behavior, will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater 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. 

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