Snyder’s school safety push includes visit to Beth-Center Middle School

Representative gets firsthand look at new ‘Positive Behavior’ program

HARRISBURG, March 29 – As part of her multi-pronged effort to enhance school safety, state Rep. Pam Snyder this week visited Beth-Center Middle School to get a firsthand view at a new program designed to reward students for good behavior.

Snyder said the innovative Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program encourages students to be “respectful, responsible and ready,” by letting each teacher select one student per day to choose from a menu of reward options.

“They get to go to the principal’s office to select a prize – such as candy, chips or a drink, or a certificate to skip an assignment or use the newly created student lounge,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “It’s important to note that this program was developed by the school’s teachers, and their enthusiasm for it was palpable during my visit.”

Snyder said the student lounge, which was unveiled last week, also doubles as a place where teachers can take their entire class for sessions away from the traditional classroom.

Snyder’s school safety efforts include a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion on that topic Tuesday at the Brownsville Elementary School. Snyder is also the prime sponsor of H.B. 381, which would amend the Allowing Minors to Consent to Medical Care Act, giving the state Department of Human Services the authority to issue guidelines and adopt rules and regulations to clarify a minor’s right to mental health treatment.