WELSH, LA (KPLC) - The Jeff Davis Parish School Board is reducing the amount of student suspensions through the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program.
The district first implemented the PBIS program back in 2004 as a result of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (1225) which requires schools and districts to create a discipline plan.
Through the behavioral program Jeff Davis Parish schools awards students with different prizes for excellent behavior.
"We have a system set up where all the rules are explained to them," said John Hall, Asst. Principal of Welsh High School.
The district creates a list of different expectations for each school and posts reminders throughout the building to remind students of proper conduct.
"So no matter where the student goes, they know what behavior they're supposed to display," said Hall.
Officials said since the program was implemented the number of suspensions have gone down 40.5%.
"It reduces our in-school suspensions and detentions because the students know what's expected out of them in every environment," said Hall.
According to officials all Jeff Davis schools have achieved Demonstration School status as determined by outside evaluators.