Parent Corner

What is PBIS?

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.

PBIS builds on the positive behaviors already working in each school. These behaviors then become expectations that are taught and practiced school-wide.

PBIS relies on a team of educators to evaluate effective behaviors throughout the school, both in the classroom and elsewhere. Based on the evaluation, the team sets expectations for the school and teaches those expectations to students. PBIS uses a multi-layer/tiered approach with increasing levels of support that reach all students.

How are families involved in positive behavior support?

Historically, family involvement has been seen as a key feature when developing tertiary (individual) positive behavior support plans for students with comprehensive needs. As the practice of Positive Behavior Support has evolved from an individually-based approach to a more school-wide emphasis, family involvement within all aspects of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention has expanded. Family members participate in planning teams, learn how to teach their children the importance of school-wide expectations at home and in the community, and volunteer to participate in related school activities including school celebrations, public relations, and the search for donations and free resources in the community.

My child was referred for services by the Behavioral Intervention Specialist (BIS). What type of services are offered and how does it benefit my child?

The Behavioral Intervention Specialist provides students with strategic services that identify and address the social-emotional-environmental issues that interfere with the educational process. 

  • Services benefit students by providing instructional and behavioral assistance in a timely fashion. Services also help ensure a student’s poor academic performance is not due to poor instruction or lack of expectations. Services strive to improve behavior and/or instruction because data is collected and closely linked to interventions.

Services Include:

  • CICO
  • Brief Intervention for Substance Abuse
  • Behavior Modifications
  • Behavior Planning
  • Targeted Interventions
  • One-On-One Counseling
  • Linkage to Community Resources

Contact us:


Dr. Fulenwider, Director, Instructional Support Services Division

(661) 631-4654


Liz Gonzalez, Coordinator, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Programs

(661) 631-4665


Tammy Evans, Clerk

(661) 631-4764

Professional Development

PBIS Calendar
Meetings for PBIS Leads, TAC Meetings, Behavior Intervention Specialists, Youth Services Specialist Collaborations & Late Start Collaborations for Behavior Intervention Specialists.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.