The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) opposes federal legislation, saying that individual states should be allowed to create their own policies — though the association does say that the federal government should pay for training.
One point brought up by the AASA that needs to be carefully considered is to keep in mind “injuries to teachers and other school employees that are serious enough to merit workers’ compensation claims and sick leave,” when restraining a child, or in teaching a child. As a parent whose child experienced the inappropriate use of restraints in previous school districts, I am well are of the need for appropriate and extensive training about the use of restraints and seclusion, for supervision and support of staff for proper documentation and for immediate communication about any such incidents to parents.
Mandy Rennhack’s account of her son being placed in the box/quiet room suggests the anguish parents feel when restraints and seclusion are misused, to say nothing about the suffering and trauma a child (and especially a child with disabilities) experiences. The Department of Education must ensure that states and school districts are held accountable when restraints and seclusion are used.
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