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ERIC Number: ED513499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 95
Abstractor: ERIC
Developing School Policies and Procedures for Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Nebraska Schools. A Technical Assistance Document
Peterson, Reece L.
Nebraska Department of Education
The purpose of this document is to provide information and guidance for Nebraska School districts in creating new, or revising existing policies and procedures related to the use of physical restraint and seclusion in school settings. The goal is to create policies that are informed by national policy directions, research, good practice and appropriate professional standards. Federal legislation on this topic is pending (Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act, H.R. 4247, see Appendix A). This technical assistance document will address and attempt to fully comply with the practices described in the pending federal legislation, which represents current research and "best" practice. The bill has been endorsed by over 100 advocacy and professional organizations and has the broad general support of educators, parents and policy makers. School districts in Nebraska can demonstrate their commitment to "best practice" on this issue and maintain the safety of their students and staff by designing policies now to meet the standards as established in the federal bill. This may also preclude the need to make modifications in local district policies should this legislation take effect later. This document is intended to be primarily for school boards and administrators who are developing local school district policies. It includes three sections: (1) Developing Policies and Procedures; (2) Components of Policies and Procedures; and (3) Examples of Potential Policies and Procedures. Appendices include: (1) Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute to H.R. 4247 Offered by Mr. George Miller of California; (2) Internet Links and Resources; (3) Duncan Letter; (4) Nebraska Commissioner Breed Memo; (5) Understanding Physical Restraint & Seclusion Policies; (6) Additional Definitions for District Policies; (7) Representative Crisis Intervention Training Programs; (8) Incident Reporting For Restraint & Seclusion; (9) Links to a Representative Sample State and Local Policies; and (10) Nebraska Laws Potentially Pertinent to Restraint and Seclusion. [Funding for this report was provided by the Special Education Office of the Nebraska Department of Education.]
Nebraska Department of Education. P.O. Box 94987, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509. Tel: 402-471-2295; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Public Health Service Act