School district policy on seclusion rooms goes out for input

The public will have a chance to comment on the school district’s policy on physical restraint and seclusion in schools

The public will have a chance to comment on the school district’s policy on physical restraint and seclusion in schools, but it will have to be sent in.

The school board passed second reading of the revised policy, which was issued in response to new B.C. Ministry of Education guidelines for restraining students or using so-called calming or quiet rooms for students who are at risk of harming themselves or others.

The issue was brought to prominence in School District #83 in October, when the parents of seven-year-old Deacon Graham discovered he was being placed alone in a locked quiet room at South Broadview school without their knowledge. The school district indicated all students placed in quiet rooms are never left unsupervised, which could include being monitored through a window.

Shortly after the story broke, the B.C. Ministry of Education released the new guidelines and all school districts need to ensure their policies are in compliance.

Before the policy is adopted, various school groups have been asked for feedback. Public feedback is welcome.

Comments will be forwarded to the policy committee before the issue returns to the board for third reading.

 

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