Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 9:54 AM
Subject: U.S. Department of Education Issues Resource Document that Discourages Restraint and Seclusion
Hi PENT Cadre and Supporters,
On May 15, 2012, an announcement was made by Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, that the U.S. Department of Education has issued a publication that outlines 15 guiding principles for states, local school districts, preschool, elementary and secondary schools, educators, parents and other stakeholders to consider when developing or refining policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and avoid the use of restraint and seclusion.
The goal of this resource document is to help ensure that schools are safe and healthy environments where all students can learn and that any use of restraint or seclusion in schools does not occur except when there is a threat of imminent danger of serious physical harm to the student or others, and occurs in a manner that protects the safety of all children and adults at school. The document also highlights how schoolwide behavioral interventions can significantly reduce or eliminate the use of restraint or seclusion.
Be sure to take time to review this very important document!
To access this document: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/seclusion/index.html
We hope this information helps to keep you updated.
"None of us is as skilled as all of us!"
Ann England, M.A., CCC-SLP-L
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