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Hernando schools recognized for student support strategies

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Seven schools in the Hernando County School District were recognized for implementing Florida Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) strategies.  These strategies promote positive student behavior and cultivate a culture of success for students and school staff members. Sarah Merchant, the coordinator of exceptional student education, recognized the schools during the regular Hernando School Board Meeting on Dec. 13.

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PBIS is a set of best practices for improving student behavior and school culture by setting clear behavioral expectations, teaching students how to meet those expectations, and supporting them based on their individual needs.

“During the school year, teachers and administrators and our district behavior specialists work closely to implement, analyze and evaluate behavioral data in an effort to improve academic engagement, graduation, and post-school outcomes,” Merchant told the School Board. “The seven Hernando County Schools have received PBIS Model School Status for the 2021-2022 school year.”

According to Merchant,  West Side Elementary School earned a Bronze Level Model School Status, while Powell Middle School earned a Gold Level status.

Brooksville Elementary School, Challenger K-8, JD Floyd Elementary School, Nature Coast Technical High School, and Spring Hill Elementary School all earned Platinum Status for their implementation of PBIS strategies.

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The Florida PBIS Discretionary Program provides ongoing teacher and staff training, progress monitoring, and technical assistance to help schools to implement PBIS strategies statewide.

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