System Refinement Impacts High School Student Tardies

posted Feb 3, 2011, 8:36 AM by Cheryle Kennelly
The PBIS Coach at East Aurora High School, Aurora East SD 131, showed the staff the amount of instructional time lost when a consistent approach to decrease student tardies is not in place. The staff agreed to teach and implement a consistent definition for being “on-time to class” and to actively monitor hallway behavior by encouraging students to get to class on time. Classroom doors are closed when the final bell rings and a team quickly responds to any students still in the halls.  This focused process led to a significant drop in tardies for all students from the first quarter of the 2008-09 school year to the 2009-10 school year. The largest impact was seen among students with 28 or more tardies, evidence that Tier 1 interventions supported the students  experiencing the most trouble getting to class on time.