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[under development] Regulations Governing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 750]
Action Promulgating new regulation governing seclusion & restraint in public elementary & secondary schools
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Comment Period Ends 4/19/2019
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4/19/19  6:01 am
Commenter: Rhonda Broughton Hobson

Restraint and seclusion of K-12 students
 
Restraint and seclusion a last resort to prevent injury is unfortunately necessary; however, I believe that it should be mandatory that the school administration and the parent or guardian be immediately notified of the action. Video of the event should immediately be reviewed by the school administration to ensure abuse did not occur. Report should be filed immediately and properly recorded. In the case of seclusion, it should be supervised by an actual person. Locking a child in a room is one thing, but a small space like a closet is completely unacceptable. Education on how to handle emotional and physical outbursts caused by a variety of conditions should be required of all faculty and staff if it is not already required. Ideally, there should be a dedicated space and dedicated qualified professional available every school day to oversee the students brought to them. We used to refer to it as being sent to the principal's office.