The next Newton PAC (Parent Advisory Council) meeting is October 9, 6:30-8:30 at the Ed Ctr – 100 Walnut Street, Room 217. The topic is Restraint and Seclusion Practices in NPS. All PAC meetings are free and open to the public.
Restraint and seclusion is a topic appearing in the news and is part of a Massachusetts state initiative and National discussion. On the evening of the 9th, NPS staff will review NPS practices related to restraint and seclusion. There will be time for general questions. A method for sharing specific concerns will be provided.
Judy Levin-Charns, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services,
Maura McLaughlin-Tynes, Director of Elementary Special Education, and
Dan Almeida, Supervisor of Applied Behavioral Analysis Services
Hope to see you there.
Inclusion Committee Chair, M-S Liaison to the Newton PAC
From Dan Almeida, NPS follows DESE guidelines that require:
1. We do not forcibly bring a child into a room and require them to stay there alone. A staff person must be in the room with a student unless the child decides to stay in a room alone to calm down.
2. Parents must be notified of restraints over 5 min. within 24 hrs. and a written report sent home within 3 days. In training staff, my recommendation is to report any restraint to parents.
3. Restraint is only used as a last resort and in cases of the threat of serious, imminent harm to self or others.
While there are secluded spaces for students to go in many of the schools, they are appropriately lit and safe–no closets. Many have bean bag chairs, books, etc. to aid in de-escalation.
Massachusetts Interagency Restraint/Seclusion Prevention Initiative
Senate Hearing, July 12, 2012
Full Committee Hearing – Beyond Seclusion and Restraint: Creating Positive Learning Environments for All Students
Discipline of students with disabilities
NPS procedures are outlined in the Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Handbook 2012-2013