School Board Prepares Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policy
Prince George, B.C. – The wheels are in motion for a physical restraint and seclusion policy in School District 57.
At last night’s monthly public board meeting the Board agreed to a Policy and Governance Committee recommendation that the proposed new Physical Restraint and Seclusion policy be distributed to reference groups over a period of 60 days for input.
The committee says the goal is to create a new stand-alone policy rather than attempting to incorporate Ministry requirements in an existing policy.
The committee says the new policy also aligns with the Ministry of Education’s Provincial Guidelines.
Under the regulations of the policy schools will have access to individuals, preferably staff members who are trained in positive behaviour intervention supports, conflict and crisis de-escalation, and non-violent crisis intervention techniques.
All staff working with a student where there is potential for imminent danger of serious physical harm will be provided the opportunity to participate in training regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion.
Finally, the committee says the use of physical restraint or seclusion is only to be used in “exceptional circumstances where the behaviour of a student poses imminent danger of serious physical harm too self or others and where less restrictive interventions have been ineffective in ending imminent danger of serious physical harm.”