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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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4/19/19  7:01 am
Commenter: Danyel Brown

Personal experience with IDP ( Intensive Day Program)
I personally feel they need to do something to prevent any further damage emotionally and physically towards these children by using excessive force and also excluding them by placing them in a what I call jail cell. My 15 year old son who has Autism was educated in Chesterfield County through what's called the IDP Program for children that have behavioral issues. That was the biggest mistake that I ever made to allow him to be in that program. I watched that program break my son down emotionally and physically for 3 1/2 years. They had what was called the cool down room and basically it was a padded room with a door that they would close you in just so they didnt have to deal with you and to some kids especially with disabilities that's not a good thing. Why treat them like animals and cage them up. Also the way the staff members would restrain, degrade and talk down on the students was our last straw with my son being in that program. They told us for years that my son was not capable of handling mainstream classes due to his behavior but we made a conscious decision to remove him out from the program and back into regular classes. He has excelled and done extremely well without issue other than the emotional piece. He gets teased and talked about for how the program was designed and how they were secluded from everyone else like they didnt belong or something. They need to be removed from all schools and the whole restraining piece needs to cease as well because so many people have taken it too far especially at my son's old school.
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