School personnel are responsible for developing and using strategies that promote optimal learning and positive behavior throughout a student’s school experience. Administrators, teachers, therapists, and other school staff are expected to engage students in intervention and prevention strategies that address a student’s behavioral issues and discuss these strategies with the student and, when appropriate, with his/her parent/guardian. Intervention and prevention approaches may include counseling support (mandated or non-mandated) and services to address personal and family circumstances; social/emotional learning, conflict resolution/peer mediation/negotiation, anger management, and/or communication skills acquisition; the use of alternate instructional materials and/or methods; enrichment services; and/or development or review of functional behavioral assessments and behavioral intervention plans which should be developed and/or reviewed as an early intervention strategy. Through the use of intervention and prevention strategies that engage students and give them a clear sense of purpose, school staff facilitate students’ academic and social-emotional growth and assist them in following school rules and policies.
Despite these preventative strategies listed above, there are times when a student’s behavior represents a danger to his/her safety, the safety of others around them, as well as a danger to school/personal property. As the primary source of managing dangerous behavior in the school environment, the Hallen School utilizes the principles of the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) model. CPI utilizes both proactive measures for preventing disruptive behaviors and safe/secure physical intervention measures. These measures are only used as a last resort and when the safety of the child, others, or property is at risk and parents are always notified of such instances.
For further information on this program please visithttp://www.crisisprevention.com.