All privileges at SHARP School are earned through good behavior, including outdoor recess time, indoor free time, computer time, etc. Students earn points during each classroom segment for being prepared to work, completing their work and "being a student". Being a student is defined as sitting quietly in his/her seat; raising a hand for permission to leave his/her seat, to speak, or receive help; not disturbing others; paying attention; following directions; and being courteous. SHARP teachers are recording all instances and types of out of compliance behavior on a data sheet during each time segment.
Students receive feedback from the teacher after each time segment, providing the student with frequent cues throughout the day regarding their behavior. At the conclusion of the day, behavior point totals are tallied and recorded in the students' "Behavior Bank Account". Students enter their point totals into a checkbook ledger to track their accounts. At the end of the week, the student can write a check against their behavior account in the SHARP School Store toward the purchase of various items of value, such as CD's, frisbees, table games, basketballs, toiletries, etc. Students have the option of spending their behavior points on any given week or they can bank their points to save up for an item of greater value. In this way, students not only learn that positive behavior is rewarded, they develop concepts such as saving and spending.
Each student receives a daily student behavior report that is brought home, indicating how the student behaved at school and on the bus each day. A section of the behavior report is reserved for the parent to report back to the school on the student's behavior at home. The student will earn bonus points for returning the behavior report back to his/her teacher the following morning. The report will indicate that the student earned either a Plan A or a Plan B. These plans are based on the total number of behavior points that the student earns each day. For example, an elementary student who earns between 135 and 150 points per day has an excellent and earns a Plan A. A student who earns between 134 and 120 points has a good day and earns a Plan A. A student who earns between 119 and 106 has an average day and earns a Plan A. A student who earns 105 points or less in a day has had a poor day and earns a Plan B. A Plan B is an indication to the parent that the student has not earned extra privileges at home, such as watching TV, playing video games, etc.
Students whose behavior is disruptive of the educational setting, shall be removed to a time out area within the classroom. The student is given a designated amount of time to de-escalate and return to the classroom setting. If the student exhibits behavior that poses a threat to the welfare of themselves or others, damages property or does not de-escalate while in time-out, the student will be immediately moved to the ABIL Facility on campus. ABIL is designed to provide each student with a quiet, isolated area in which the student can calm themselves. A student must earn his/her way out of ABIL through positive behavior and completing work assignments before they can return to the classroom setting. If a student does not earn a determined amount of points in ABIL before the conclusion of the school day, the student will have earned another day in ABIL.
The focus of all of the behavior plans at SHARP School is working closely with the parents/guardians to develop a consistent program that promotes and rewards the positive behaviors that will assist the student in making a successful transition back to a comprehensive campus.