Prevention and Intervention

RCPS Prevention and Intervention 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

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 Prevention and Intervention Specialist

Rodney Bradley Prevention and Intervention Specialist, Conyers Middle/Pine Street Elementary 

Chalice Downs Prevention and Intervention Specialist, Memorial Middle/Peek's Chapel Elementary

Prathon Hendrix Prevention and Intervention Specialist, Edwards Middle/Open Campus

Audrey Heyward Prevention and Intervention Specialist, C.J. Hicks Elementary/Lorraine Elementary/Davis Middle

Sam Higgins Prevention and Intervention Specialist, Salem High School

Steven Miller Prevention and Intervention Specialist, Heritage High School

Mary "Callie" Sadler Prevention and Intervention Behavior Specialist, All Elementary Schools 

Tameka Singh Prevention and Intervention Specialist, Flat Shoals Elementary/Barksdale Elementary/D.L. Sims Elementary/Shoal Creek Elementary

Babatunji Thurmon Prevention and Intervention Specialist, Rockdale County High School