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A Vine Hill Bear follows these guidelines:

Be Respectful

Eager to Learn

Always Prepared


Solve Problems

Overview of Tiers

PBIS prevention and intervention practices are divided up into three tiers. 

  • Tier 1: Universal practices are experienced by all students and educators across all settings to establish a predictable, consistent, positive, and safe climate.

  • Tier 2: Targeted practices are designed for groups of students who need more structure, feedback, instruction, and support than Tier 1 alone.

  • Tier 3: Indicated practices are more intense and individualized to meet the challenges of students who need more than Tiers 1 and 2 alone.


A General Overview of PBIS

School-wide PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) is a research-based framework that has been proven to improve school climate, reduce challenging behavior, and increase academic instructional time in schools. Two primary areas of emphasis in PBIS are the instruction of social behavior and the prevention of problem behavior.  PBIS is based on the idea that when students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations and provided with predictable responses to their behavior, both positive and corrective, all students are more likely to meet those expectations.

Vine Hill School PBIS includes 3 main components:

1.  Behavior Expectations

A Vine Hill Bear follows these guidelines:

Be Respectful

Eager to Learn

Always Prepared


Solve Problems

The behavioral expectations and school procedures are taught to all students and are taught in real contexts.

2.  Kindness Program. Through the Kindness program, “Kindness Tickets” will be used to recognize students for engaging in positive behavior.

When students earn 10 Kindness Tickets, they will be honored at a Kindness Assembly, and a dollar will be donated to a non-profit organization they choose.

3. Responding to Problem Behavior. Despite our efforts to proactively set students up for behavioral success, there will still be incidents of problem behavior. When it comes to responding to problem behavior, we have three primary goals:

  • Make sure to keep everyone safe.

  • Minimize the loss of instructional time for all students (including the student who engaged in problem behavior).

  • Teach the student the appropriate behavior to use instead of the problem behavior.

We work hard to provide fair and consistent consequences that focus first on teaching our students the appropriate behavior and then engaging them in academic instruction as quickly as is safely possible.

Every occurrence of challenging behavior is an important opportunity to teach the appropriate, desired behavior to our students. When students violate the behavioral expectations they will be informed that their behavior was not acceptable and how it relates to the school-wide rules.

Minor behavior disruptions will be handled by teachers and staff involved, and students may receive an “Uh-Oh” or “Think Again” form. These behavior reminders reteach our B.E.A.R.S. expectations to students.

Repeated behavior problems and major disruptions result in an Office Referral, parent contact, and appropriate consequences.


Minor discipline cases are best handled by the teacher. If trivial items are referred to the principal, the effectiveness for problems of a more serious nature will be lessened and children soon become aware of the ineffectiveness of the classroom teacher. If a situation arises where a child needs to be removed from the classroom, call the principal for assistance. Students should not be "kicked out" of the classroom. Situations of this sort are to be discussed with the principal and then a course of action will be set up.  If you get to a point that you and/or the student needs a break, please make arrangements to send the student to a buddy room, where there should be a place for the child to sit and think about what they have done, write about the incident, or simply cool off. This is sort of a “time out.” Discipline is not a group matter. A whole room should not be punished for the misdeeds of a few. Please remember to talk with students individually whenever possible. Consequences should be appropriate to the infraction and should support our philosophy of discipline. We want children to learn from their mistakes as opposed to punishment. It is the intention of the principal to support every staff member.

There are behavior expectations for bathrooms, hallways and quiet zone, and the playground. All staff must have the students follow these expectations. All staff must teach the students what those expectations are.  It is important we are all consistent.


The school expects students and parents to report acts of bullying to the teacher or principal.  Reports can be obtained in the school office or from teachers.  All reports are investigated.  Consequences for students who bully others shall depend on the results of the investigation, and may include citations and time out, parent/teacher conferences, in-school or home suspension and/or expulsion.  Depending on the severity of the behavior the principal may involve law enforcement if appropriate, implement a behavior plan, and /or develop a supervision plan with parents.  We will carry out whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of students on campus.

Incident Form


Scotts Valley Unified School District strives to have our schools safe and orderly. As part of our Safe Schools plan we enforce rules for suspension and expulsion as outlined in Education Code and District policy. Each site also has school rules and consequences that align with district regulations on suspension and expulsion. Students may be subject to suspension or expulsion for committing any of the acts listed below:

  1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person (Education Code 48900(a)) (Mandatory recommendation for expulsion if serious physical injury occurs, except in self defense.)

  2. Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the student had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificate of school employee, with the principal or designee's concurrence (Education Code 48900(c)) (Mandatory expulsion.)

  3. Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or was under the influence of, any controlled substance as defined in the Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind (Education Code 48900(c)) (Mandatory recommendation for expulsion.)

  4. Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance as defined in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind, and then sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance or material and represented same as controlled substance, alcohol beverage or intoxicant (Education Code 48900(d)) (Mandatory expulsion.)

  5. Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion (Education Code 48900(e)) (Mandatory recommendation for expulsion.)

  6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property (Education Code 48900(f))

  7. Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property (Education Code 48900(g))

  8. Possessed or used tobacco or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets and betel. This restriction shall not prohibit a student from using or possessing his/her own prescription products. (Education Code 48900(h))

  9. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity (Education Code 48900(I))

  10. Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code (Education Code 48900(j))

  11. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, other school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties (Education Code 48900(k))

  12. Knowingly received stolen school property or private property (Education Code 48900(l))

  13. Possessed an imitation firearm, i.e. a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm (Education Code 48900(m))

Students in grades 4 through 12 are also subject to suspension or recommendation for expulsion for any of the acts listed below:

  1. Committed sexual harassment as defined in Education Code 212.5 (Education Code 48900.2)

  2. Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence as defined in Education Code 33032.5 (Education Code 48900.3)

  3. Intentionally harassed, threatened or intimidated a student or group of students to the extent of having the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting classwork, creating substantial disorder, and invading student rights by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment (Education Code 48900.4)