Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Restraint

In recent years, the U.S. Department of Education has encouraged state Departments of Education to review their respective statutes, regulations, rules or advisory documents regarding the use of student restraints in public schools to determine whether they need to be updated or developed. A resource document was provided to aid states and school districts in this process.

In an effort to assist Arkansas school districts, the Arkansas Department of Education has developed Advisory Guidelines for the Use of Student Restraints in Public School or Educational Settings. It is ADE’s recommendation that districts review and consider these guidelines when developing or revising their own policies and procedures for implementation during the 2014-2015 school year and thereafter. These guidelines are not regulatory, but they provide useful information regarding prevention and appropriate use of physical restraint. The guidelines also provide suggested procedures for training district staff, reporting incidents and debriefing. Also attached is a sample Incident Record and Debriefing Form.

 

For more information, please contact:

Courtney Salas-Ford, Attorney/Program Administrator
Arkansas Department of Education

Special Education/Dispute Resolution
1401 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4291

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