School district asks residents to participate in seminar

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A nationwide program to improve schools is gaining traction in Colorado.

More than 200 Colorado school districts have implemented the Positive Behavior Support initiative, and the Moffat County School District soon will join them.

"Over the last few years, we've been moving in that direction," school district psychologist Linda Nolte said about the Positive Behavior Support initiative.

The school district is in the first year of implementing PBS, which takes three to five years to complete and is credited with the progress schools across the state have made academically and behaviorally.

Next week, state education officials will present the program, "Positive Behavior Support: Community and School Collaborating." The presentation is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria at Moffat County High School.

Parents and community members interested in the program or helping the school district implement PBS in fifth through 12th grade are invited to attend the seminar. Jessica Kruger and Kiki McGough, PBS consultants from the Colorado Department of Education, will present next week's program.

PBS is an eight-step process that emphasizes to students the importance of acting responsibility, treating others with respect, working hard and being safe in school and the community. School district administrators made the commitment last year to implement the program.

Statistics indicate that 80 percent of all children successfully adjust to the program, 15 percent will need additional training, and 3 to 5 percent will need special training, Nolte said.

PBS is a national initiative that has been in Colorado schools for more than five years.

School district officials said child care is provided for parents attending the seminar. There also will be interpreters for Spanish-speaking families. Grocery store certificates will be given to the first 80 families.

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