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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  2:37 pm
Commenter: Charles E Swadley

regulations for seclusion and restraint of students in elementary and up through high school
 

I am a retired pastor, having served United Methodist churches in Virginia from 1975-2011. During this time frame, I was an organizer for a couple of churches to do Volunteer Emergency Families for Children program called PLUS (Partners in Learning and Understanding Students). While I was pastor at Corinth UMC in Sandston, VA, I organized a tutoring program at Sandston Elementary School in Henrico County, VA. During that time that I served as a tutor for various students, I witnessed personally the process of taking a student out of his/her class and being physically escorted to a seclusion room within a separate class room. I saw this happen on almost every occasion that i was in the school. These children were  carried past class rooms with doors open and other students observing how children were being handled with behavior conditions. That was 20 years ago. Now, I must wonder how the learning from those observations get translated into family discipline. i also heard a girl calling out one day, "Moma, I just want my moma." So, I got up and went to that sound and discovered that 3 teachers were on top of an African American girl, who was face down on the floor. I asked them to stop. They refused indicating that they were appropriately trained.

Later, I made a study with FOIA