4 Reasons to Support the Keeping All Students Safe Act

Posted on 15 Apr 2011 in Legislation, School Behavior | Comments Off on 4 Reasons to Support the Keeping All Students Safe Act

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Last week, HR 1381, Keeping All Students Safe Act (formerly the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in the Schools Act) was reintroduced to congress. Why is this bill important to you and why should you care? Good Question. Here are some answers:

Why is this Bill Needed?

Every child should be safe and protected while in school. But an investigation by the U.S. Government Accountability Office found hundreds of allegations that children have been abused, and some even died, as a result of misuses of restraint and seclusion in public and private schools, often at the hands of untrained staff. Many of these interventions were used disproportionately on some of our most vulnerable students — children with disabilities. Unlike in hospitals and other facilities that receive federal funding, there are no federal laws that address how and when restraint or seclusion can be used in schools. State regulations and oversight vary greatly and have often failed to protect children. It is also impossible to determine the full extent to which these interventions are used because there is currently no consistent reporting of data.

What would the Bill Do?

  1. Prevent and reduce inappropriate restraint and seclusion by establishing minimum safety standards in schools, similar to protections already in place in hospitals and non-medical community-based facilities.
  2. Require states to do their part to keep children and staff safe in school.
  3. Ask states to provide support and training to better protect students and staff and prevent the need for emergency behavioral interventions.
  4. Increase transparency, oversight and enforcement to prevent future abuse.

What Can YOU Do?

  • Learn more about Myths and Facts about restraint and seclusion.
  • Encourage your favorite professional association or your school district to join the list of supporters.
  • Read the full text of this bill.
  • Share these links and information with others! Talk, text, FB, or Tweet to get out the word.
Let me know what you think about this bill or these practices in school.