Four Volusia County Schools Earn Florida PBIS Project’s Resilience Award

A bulletin board at Timbercrest Elementary School outlines the school’s PBIS expectations: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful.

DELAND – Four Volusia County Schools have been awarded the state’s PBIS Resilience Award in addition to being recognized as 2020-2021 PBIS Model Schools.  Model School recognition is granted yearly for PBIS schools that exemplify high levels of PBIS implementation fidelity (schoolwide expectations, discipline procedures, and positive reinforcement plans) and improve student outcomes over two years.

The PBIS Resilience Award was introduced this year as a way to recognize schools for their successes in continuing their schools’ Positive Behavior Interventions and Support initiatives while also navigating the challenges of virtual instruction and activities that had to be modified due to the pandemic.

This year’s award recipients are Forest Lake Elementary, Heritage Middle School, Osceola Elementary School (now Beachside Elementary), and Timbercrest Elementary School. Volusia has 21 schools that participate in the PBIS Project.

To earn the award, these model schools completed training and met all criteria required by the PBIS program which focuses on developing student skills, making changes to the school environment, acknowledging appropriate student behavior, and using data to identify needed supports for its students. National research shows the PBIS framework helps students succeed.

The award-winning schools have specific strategies to increase positive student behavioral outcomes. Some are school-wide, and some are targeted to students who need extra support. Teams compete, and the school regularly celebrates improvements.

This is Osceola’s (Beachside) and Timbercrest’s fourth year as model schools. Forest Lake and Heritage are in their first year as model schools, with Heritage being the first middle school in Volusia to receive the recognition.

With the PBIS Project’s success, Volusia County Schools is planning to expand the program to more schools this year.

To learn more about the Florida PBIS Project Model School program, visit

Volusia County Schools’ vision is to create life-long learners prepared for an ever-changing global society. The VCS Strategic Plan can be found at