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Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)




Vikki Chavez, Coordinator

      Phone: (951) 571-7630
      Fax: (951) 571-7595




      Gaby Lozano

      Secretary II

      (951) 571-7630 x41707







What is Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports



PBIS is one of the programs used under a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) approach to meet students at their current academic, social and behavioral needs.  PBIS has three levels of support:

  • Tier I is the support of positive behaviors and supports which include the teaching of school-wide behavioral expectations.  It consists of rules, routines and the development of social skills which will guide students through adverse social situations.  Tier I is used for all students.
  • Tier II supports are established for students who demonstrate the need for more behavioral support.  Such supports may include a mentoring program, behavior contract, support from the school counselor, structure recess/passing periods, and social skills lessons.  Approximately 15% of all students require the support of Tier II programs.
  • Tier III programs serve approximately 5% of the student population.  These supports vary, but include home/school collaboration and may include mental- and health- care professionals.


In short, PBIS calls on schools to teach students what positive behavior looks like, and provides support when the student struggles to maintain positive behavior. According to several studies, PBIS leads to better student behavior. In many schools that use PBIS, students receive fewer detentions and suspensions, and get better grades. 


For more information on PBIS, click on any of the following links:

18 Moreno Valley Unified School District Sites and Seven Community Agencies Earn the Community Cares Recognition from the California Coalition of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
PBIS Community Cares

We are excited to share that 18 schools in the Moreno Valley Unified School District have been awarded the California Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) Coalition Community Cares Recognition. Moreover, we are proud to report that seven of our Community Partner Organizations have also earned this esteemed honor.  

The PBIS Community Cares Recognition serves to honor the heroic efforts of districts, schools, teachers, educational staff, community organizations and collaborative partners in providing continued education, meals, and support to all students across the state.  This award was established to replace the traditional PBIS Medal awards system, which required data that could not be gathered due to the Covid-19 school closures.

The following MVUSD elementary schools are being recognized by the PBIS Coalition: Armada, Edgemont, Honey Hollow, Midland, North Ridge, Ramona, Serrano, Sugar Hill, Sunnymeadows, and Towngate. Our secondary schools being recognized are Mountain View Middle, Sunnymead Middle, Canyon Springs, March Mountain, March Valley, Moreno Valley and Vista del Lago High Schools as well as Bayside Community Day School.   Our Community Partners being honored are the CSUSB School of Nursing, Moreno Valley Pop Warner League, Power House Ministries, Riverside University Health System Medical Center, Soroptimist Club, Towngate PTO and Victory Outreach Church. 

During school closures, these schools and organizations joined forces to support our students and the community by engaging in acts of kindness.  Such acts included rallies during meal distribution, earbud distribution, supplemental distance learning tutoring, live broadcasts from staff members, lawn sign surprises, staff and student gift bags, and free youth sports league zoom training.  Furthermore, due to the generosity of our staff members and community groups, every graduating senior received a gift in honor of their accomplishments.  The District’s Hearts YOUnited Coalition remained active during school closures, with pastoral partners from Victory Outreach and Powerhouse Ministries creating a QR code for community members to access emergency resources such as food, shelter and health care.  

Canyon Springs High School graduating senior Guadalupe Gomez created an art piece for the Hearts YOUnited efforts during this time, titled, “And just when it seems like everything is falling apart, new opportunities are created.”  This powerful title says it all.  Through these new opportunities, we have forged new relationships, which will help get us through these challenging times and bring us out of them stronger than ever. Congratulations to all of our honorees!


Offering Supports to Parents During Challenging Times
We understand that there is so much to deal with during these challenging times.  Our parents are doing now more than ever before, and these stresses can cause a great deal of anxiety for everyone.  We invite you to explore the resources offered by our friends at the Wellness Society.  Please click here for resources and support. 
Social Emotional Summer Sessions from Boys Town
We are pleased to share that our friends at Boys Town are offering social emotional lessons for parents and teachers.  These lessons and activities are free and can be found by clicking here.
Positive Behavioral Supports for Home

During school closures due to COVID-19, the Moreno Valley Unified School District's Student Services department is committed to supporting our families with Social and Emotional as well as Behavioral Supports at home.  We understand that these times can cause stress and anxiety for our students and their families and we want to continue to provide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports  (PBIS) during this period of distance learning.   You can help your child make positive choices by creating expectations at home. These expectations will help you set the tone for a positive learning experience in the home. Click here for a sample of home/distance learning expectations.


Our friends at the Centers for PBIS and Parent Information and Resources offer a wonderful resource to support parents in their efforts to create a safe, respectful and responsible learning environment in the home.  Please click here to access their book. 


As we face this pandemic, it is important to remember that our students may begin to feel anxiety.  To help your student deal with this anxiety, it is important to have age-appropriate conversations with them.  For resources and information on how to hold those conversations, click here.


If your student is demonstrating concerning behaviors during this time, simply click on any behaviors below to access support information: 


                  Disrespectful           Unfocused/Inattentive 

               Overly Active          Aggressive 

               Anxious                  Disorganized                              



Social and Emotional Resources


Social and Emotional Learning sets a foundation for your student's academic and mental well-being.  Through Social and Emotional Learning opportunities, your student can learn how to respond to positive and negative social exchanges.  These learning experiences will help to prepare for a positive, productive future.  Below are a few lessons that you may find helpful in the home:

Disagreeing Appropriately


 Accepting No as an Answer




You can also click here to access more lessons that you may find helpful in the home.  The Moreno Valley Unified School District is also proud to use Sanford Harmony lessons in many of our classes.  These lessons provide a wonderful opportunity for you to provide an easier transition to distance learning.  Click here to begin your journey into Social and Emotional Learning at no cost to you.





Mindfulness, or Mindful Moments, provide us with the opportunity to slow down and focus on mental well-being.  Activities such as Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation and coloring support us in refocusing in an effort to promote self-care.  There are many videos you can find to guide you through these activities.  Below are links to specific resources to get you started:


Go Noodle Yoga


Coloring to Relax


Breathe to Relax










Setting Up Expectations for the Home During Distance Learning
Parents, click below to help support your student's Positive Behavioral Expectations during distance learning:
PBIS for the Home
Behavior Support Specialists' Sites for Distance Learning
Click on a picture to find resources or access to supports:
Building Relationships
Self Regulation
Social Skills
Managing My Emotions
Aggression Replacement
Mindful Moments