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Department of Education
State Board of Education
[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
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 4/19/2019
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4/18/19  7:59 pm
Commenter: Cathy Wolfe-Heberle, Blue Ridge Opportunity Services, Inc.

Eliminate all Restraint and Seculsion

Please follow suit with the other Commonwealth Agencies and eliminate the use of Restraint and Seculsion in our schools. At no time should restraint and seclusion be used to control others. After 28 years in the field of Developmental Disability Services, it is my experience that the use of power struggles do not work to change behavior.  This practice only increases an individual's innate biological trauma response and reinforces this pattern in the brain, causing long term damage and harm.     I personally work with adults with developmental delays that have spent their youth being restrained and humiliated in many residential settings or public school systems across this state and other states, a like.   The "undoing" of this practice and our current job in Adult Services is so much more difficult with this practice still being implemented.  The  development of trust and  relationships involving care and comfort  takes many years and much effort to overcome.  The public school system is only involved for the first 22 years of life...  Those  behind you have at minimum the next 60 years to provide supports.   Please lay a solid, trauma free, loving and caring foundation for the rest of us. 

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