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Act Against Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

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Act Against Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Post  Admin on Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:52 am

Act Against Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools


Last week, U.S. Senator Tom Harkin introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, S.2020, to protect students nationwide from dangerous restraint and seclusion.

Highlights of the Bill

• The bill bans all seclusion of children.

• The bill prohibits physical restraint except in emergencies when there is an immediate threat of serious bodily injury.

• The bill requires schools to use less restrictive measures before attempting restraint.

• The bill requires restraint to end when the emergency ends.

• The bill bans mechanical restraints, such as putting children in Rifton Chairs, or taping or tying them to chairs or furniture, or locking them into devices. It also bans chemical restraints, restraints that impair breathing or otherwise threaten life; restraints which are medically and psychologically contraindicated. Since prone restraint impairs breathing, it would be forbidden under the bill.

• The bill also bans restraints that prevent children from communicating.

• The bill requires schools to notify parents in writing within 24 hours of restraint and verbally the same day.

• The bill prohibits putting physical restraint as a planned intervention in IEPs, 504 plans, behavioral intervention plans, student safety plans, or other educational planning documents for individual students.

• If a child is physically restrained, there will be a debriefing with parents and staff to plan to prevent further restraint and consider additional services and supports for the child.

• The bill applies to all children in public school. It also applies to children with disabilities who have been placed in a private school at school district expense.

• The bill forbids retaliating against any parent, teacher, staffer, or person who reports that a child was restrained, secluded, or that the statute was otherwise violated.

Read the article in detail here: http://www.ourjourneythruautism.com/2012/01/how-do-you-feel-about-use-of-restraint.html

Details about S. 2020: Keeping All Students Safe Act:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-2020


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