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Prevention and Intervention

RCPS Prevention and Intervention (P&I) addresses behaviors that hinder a student’s ability to be successful in school.  RCPS defines prevention and intervention as those services (programs, individual and/or group sessions) that address chronic behaviors that come between a student and his/her ability to learn.  These behaviors may be related to discipline issues (violence, bullying, gangs); classroom conduct; social/emotional learning; and/or alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Prevention and intervention strategies are personalized to meet individual student needs. 

The Prevention and Intervention (P&I) program is designed to equip students with behavior management strategies that address individual concerns by enhancing problem-solving abilities, teaching decision-making skills, learning how to manage conflict/change, and/or developing a positive self-concept.  P&I Specialists implement the RCPS Prevention and Intervention Program.  

Programs and services offered by Prevention and Intervention include:

Staff Trainings  
De-escalation Training
Mindset Training

Prevention Programs 

Seven Challenges (drug and alcohol use) 
Too Good for Drugs 
Too Good for Violence
A.R.T. (Anger Replacement Therapy)

School-Based Mental Health Services through Academy for Family Empowerment (AFE)

Research-Based Prevention Curriculum

Phoenix Curriculum
Ripple Effect
Additional programs include:

Centralized Help and Opportunities for Individual Students to Capitalize on Educational Success (CHOICES)
A day alternative to out-of-school suspension programs in which students are provided with consequences for their violation of the code of conduct. In addition, students have a strong counseling and group-level intervention component to address challenges.

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)
Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) is an evidence-based gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula operated by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and School Resource Officers (SRO).

Code of Conduct

A structured standard designed to encourage self-respecting behavior in students, as well as to encourage adherence to the Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) Behavior Code. Students are provided and taught this information at the beginning of the school year. In addition, parental forms acknowledging receipt and review of the Code of Conduct are sent home for signature.
RCPS Student Behavior Code

Prevention and Intervention Specialists

Name Job Title Business Phone
Furman Smith Lead P&I Specialist
Alpha Academy
Open Campus


Rodney Bradley P&I Specialist 
Pine Street Elementary School
Conyers Middle School


Chalice Downs P&I Specialist
Hightower Trail Elementary School
Memorial Middle School


Prathon Hendrix P&I Specialist
Peek's Chapel Elementary School
Edwards Middle School


Audrey Heyward P&I Specialist
C.J. Hicks Elementary School
Peek's Chapel Elementary School
Davis Middle School


Kalum Harris P&I Specialist
Salem High School


Steven Miller P&I Specialist
Heritage High School


Mary "Callie" Sadler P&I Behavior Specialist
JH House Elementary School


Tameka Singh P&I Specialist
Barksdale Elementary School
Flat Shoals Elementary School
Sims Elementary School
Shoal Creek Elementary School


Babatunji Thurmon P&I Specialist
Rockdale County High School