Wausau schools are looking to take a positive approach to school conduct.
They plan to do it by implementing a new program, giving students guidelines on behavior and opportunities to improve.
The program has been in Wausau elementary schools for three years.
School leaders said it has helped to curb bad behaviors, instead inspiring better ones.
"It really has done a great job of helping students improve their student achievement," said Steve Miller.
It's called P.B.I.S., which stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support.
It will soon be in place in middle and high schools in Wausau.
"What we want to do is take steps, progress, make the school a more positive place," said Cale Bushman.
The program outlines areas of the schools, like hallways and the lunch room.
It gives acceptable behaviors for those areas, to increase focus on studies.
"It's not just about teaching skills, but teaching skills they'll use in their adult life," said Bushman.
From language to physical interaction, P.B.I.S. is designed to help students understand the expectations at school.
"We really want to make sure students are aware, it's a positive behavioral framework," said Miller.
Teachers said they're already noticing a difference since the program was rolled out to younger students.
"The sixth graders have learned things at the elementary level that they're able to carry in the door when they walk in the very first day," said Miller.
School officials expect that success to soon fill the hallways of secondary schools.
"When it's starting at a lower level, it just segways itself into the high schools," said Bushman.
Wausau West plans to roll out the program by the second semester of the school year.The idea is to have a uniform program throughout the school system, to provide a solid set of guidelines.
"Ninety-percent of the students do exactly what they should be doing," said Bushman.
This program doesn't stop with students.
School leaders said it takes everyone involved to make it work.
"You really look at the community involvement," said Bushman.
School leaders said it can take three to five years to fully implement the program.
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