School Safety and Climate

What is Academic and PBIS RtII?

Parents want to see their child excel, and it can be very frustrating if a child falls behind in reading, math, writing, or other subjects. It is also frustrating if the child has difficulty with relationships or making appropriate choices.

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII) is a process that provides intervention and educational support to all students at increasing levels of intensity based on their individual needs. The goal is to prevent problems and intervene early so that student can be successful. The process is implemented differently at elementary, middle, and high school levels but always serves the same purpose of supporting students and celebrating their success.

What is RtII?

  • Multi-step school and student improvement approach
  • Provides early academic and behavioral supports to students

Who can I talk to about RtII?

  • Your child’s teacher
  • Your child’s school counselor
  • Instructional coach at the school
  • Principal at the school

How can I be involved?

  • You are a valuable partner in your child’s education
  • Communicate frequently with your child’s teacher
  • Attend school activities such as parent-teacher conferences
  • Praise your child for any progress or improvement
  • Always ask questions when things are not clear
  • Share with your child’s teacher what works well at home

What does RtII look like?

The RtII process consists of three tiers that build upon one another. Each tier provides more intensive levels of support:

  • Tier I includes high quality instruction. The school provides all students with access to high quality curriculum, instruction and behavior supports in the general education classroom.
  • Tier II includes additional targeted, supplemental instruction/interventions. The school provides interventions to small groups of students or to individuals who need more support than they are receiving through Tier I.
  • Tier III includes intensive interventions. The school develops and implements interventions to meet the highly individualized needs of students.

Your child’s progress is monitored and results are used to make decisions about additional instruction and interventions.

Key Terms

  • Behavior Assessment—students may be assessed using a variety of tools including Office Discipline Referrals, observation tools and checklists. Some Tier II and III tools may require specific written permission.
  • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program—a Tier I & II behavioral intervention program used in many of our schools.
  • PBIS – Positive Behavior Intervention Support—also known as SWPBS or SWPBIS—a systematic approach to teach all students positive behaviors that also provides some students with additional social, emotional and behavioral instruction and support based upon how they are performing in school.
  • Student Assistance Program—provides students with support and referral to interventions for the confidential help they need to safely and effectively deal with difficult situations that may be causing them to struggle in school.
  • Universal Screening—All students are screened throughout the school year to determine what types of supports they need academically and/or behaviorally.