Sent: Friday, December 11, 2009 1:44 PM
Subject: States May Soon Need to Develop Guidelines for Use of Restraint and Seclusion for all Students
Greetings SELPA Directors, Cadre members, and other friends of PENT,
U.S. Reps. George Miller (D-CA) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) recently introduced legislation that would require schools to ensure proper use of restraint and seclusion. The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247) would establish federal standards aimed at protecting both special and general education students from improper use of restraint and seclusion. The legislation would establish minimum federal safety standards in schools and allow the use of physical restraint and locked seclusion only when there is imminent danger of injury and only when imposed by trained staff.
PENT will continue to monitor the progress of this legislation and provide you with more information related to it and restraint and seclusion in future emails.
For more information on H.R. 4247, click here.
Wishing you all “Happy Holidays” and “Peace on earth”
Kim Morton and Cindy Chacón
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