AMHERST Tiered Systems of SupportS (ATSS)

Central Elementary School's Behavior Matrix

Be Safe - Be Considerate - Be Responsible

All Settings

Learning Environment







(Protection from harm)

*Keep your body to yourself

*Wash your hands


*Stay home when you’re sick

*Sit down at your desk quietly and wait for directions

*Ask for permission before leaving your seat

*Visit approved websites when using your Chromebook

*Sit, and stay seated, in your assigned seat

*Keep feet out of the aisle

*Tell the bus driver if there is a problem

*Throw trash in the trash can

*Keep water in the sink while washing your hands


*Stay seated and facing your table

*Use utensils appropriately

*Empty your tray/trash when asked

*Only eat your food

*Watch out for others

*Only climb allowed equipment

*Leave sticks on the ground

*Make sure the swing has stopped before you get off



(Think about others’ feelings)

*Use kind words and actions

*Speak up and speak clearly

*Ask before helping

*Clean up after yourself

*Listen when others are speaking

*Raise your hand to speak

*Work quietly

*Use a quiet voice

*Flush the toilet

*Turn the water off when you’re finished

*Use a quiet voice

*Clean up after yourself 

*Maintain appropriate voice level

*Use appropriate words and actions

*Use manners while eating and ordering

*Include others

*Leave cones and other maintenance equipment alone



(Do what you are expected to do)

*Listen for and follow directions the first time

*Be accountable for your words and actions

*Tell the truth, always

*Have your materials with you at all times

*Do your best work and give your best effort

*Complete assignments on time

*Charge your computer every night and bring it to school every day

*Be on time to your stop

*Pay attention and be ready to get off the bus

*Tell an adult if there is a problem or more materials are needed

*Only put toilet paper in the toilet

*Go to the restroom only if you need to go

*Clean up after yourself 

*Tell an adult if you need help cleaning up a big mess

*Empty your tray/trash when asked

*Follow all playground rules

*Listen for line up signals

*Get help when needed


*Use a kind and quiet voice

*Have materials with you and ready for learning

*Have students packed and ready to leave before dismissal

*Ensure silent dismissal procedures are followed

*Clean up after yourself

*Monitor your students through the lunch line and the duration of the period 

*Work together with other adults to maintain safety and volume

*Spread out for supervision

Updated Spring, 2022


The Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) is a data-informed decision making framework for establishing the academic, behavioral and social-emotional supports needed for a school to be an effective learning environment for all students.  VTSS functions under the process of integrating data, practices and systems to affect outcomes. 

VIN Diagram. Outcomes is the main circle with 3 overlapping circles within: Systems, Data and Practices. There are 3 related outlyers: Supporting Staff, Supporting Decision Making, and Supporting Students, respectively.

The VTSS systemic approach allows divisions, schools and communities to provide multiple levels of support to students in a more effective and efficient, clearly defined process. Implementing the VTSS framework requires the use of evidence-based, system-wide practices with fidelity to provide a quick response to academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs. The practices are progress-monitored frequently to enable educators to make sound, data-based instructional decisions for students.

The essential elements of an effective VTSS framework are:

  • Aligned Organizational Structure
  • Data Informed Decision-Making
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Family, School and Community Partnerships
  • Monitoring Student Progress
  • Evaluation of Outcomes and Fidelity


Schools are committed to helping all children succeed. They have many ways to help children learn and to ensure those who need additional supports are successful. The AMHERST Tiered System of Supports (ATSS) is one way Amherst County Public Schools provide those supports. 

What is ATSS? 

ATSS is a multi-step process of providing instruction and support to promote the academic and behavioral success of all children. Individual children’s progress is monitored and results are used to make decisions about further instruction and intervention. 

ATSS is most commonly used in addressing reading, math and behavior, but it can also be used in other areas. The ATSS process is flexible and designed by school districts to meet the needs of their students. 

What does the ATSS process look like? 

The ATSS process has three tiers. Each tier provides differing levels of support. (Central Elementary and other ACPS elementary schools are all currently in the “Tier I” phase of implementing this framework although there are Tier II and Tier III supports currently in place.)


• In Tier I, all students receive high quality curriculum and instruction in their classroom. The teacher assists all students. 

• In Tier II, the school provides supplemental instructional support, usually in small groups, to students who need additional support to what they are receiving from the general curriculum. 

• In Tier III, intense instructional support is provided to students with the greatest needs, with frequent progress monitoring. 


• In Tier I, all students are explicitly taught positive behavioral expectations. All teachers use a consistent approach to discipline. 

• In Tier II, the school provides supplemental targeted behavioral skill interventions usually in small groups. 

• In Tier III, student centered planning is used to develop customized interventions with frequent progress monitoring.

What are the key components to the ATSS process? 

A key component to the ATSS process is that all children receive high quality curriculum and instruction in the general education classroom (Tier I).  This is the foundation for the entire process and what ACPS elementary schools are working on this year - and into next!

Another key component to the ATSS process is progress monitoring

Progress monitoring is a way for teachers to take a snapshot of how students are doing on a specific skill. It shows how well the intervention is working. It includes observations, tests, and other formal and informal assessments.

There are many ways parents and families can support what their child is doing in school. Here are a few: 

• Make reading an everyday habit at home 

• Communicate with your child’s teacher 

• Sign and return students’ agenda, daily

• Monitor and assist with homework assignments 

• Share your child’s successes 

• Learn more about the curricula and interventions being used in your child’s school 

• Attend conferences and other school meetings about your child


Where can I find out more information on VTSS/ATSS? 


Virginia Department of Education AND Virginia Tiered Systems of Support 



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