Children Restrained or Secluded 267,000 Times School Year*Most Have Disabilities or Mental Illness*
My Two Cents
This a brief update from NAMI, National Alliance Mental Illness. I can’t wrap my head around 267,000 students restrained or secluded, the majority with Disabilities or Mental Illness. It’s not a punishment I can get on board with. The parents are accountable for their children and how they act in school. Do parents have alternative schools? My mind is over flowing with questions. Do schools have a process, is the process monitored, by who, documented, are there defined actions, limitations? Are teachers and principals discussing the process of punishment with parents face to face? Are parents notified before school starts? Is the child involved in meetings to give input and ask questions? What grades are included or all? How many offences allowed before the child needs to transfer to school capable of meeting their needs. Is a detailed report required for each incident and discussed with parent? Do the disabled students understand why their being punished? Are the disabled students from a different learning environment? Which organization determined this punishment was Best Practices? Are investigations performed by governing organization? I strongly believe parents are accountable for their children which includes providing an appropriate learning environment. The other students deserve a healthy learning environment. I feel like all students lose with this policy and abusive. Warrior
NPR just wrote an article that highlights the need for immediate action to regulate restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools. Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that there were 267,000 instances of restraining or secluding children in schools in one school year.
Some schools reported restraining or secluding students dozens and even hundreds of times each year. In 75 percent of these cases, restraint and seclusion was used with children who have a disability such as mental illness.
Contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2036 and H.R. 1893) which will regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools and protect children from harm. There are currently no federal laws regulating the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
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