Charlottesville City Schools updates restraint and seclusion policy

CCS updates its restraint and seclusion policies

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville’s School Board is revising some of its policies to prevent use of physical restraint and seclusion in school.

During its meeting Thursday, January 7, the board deemed physical restraint and seclusion only necessary in case of an emergency, citing examples like a weapon being present or a student causing serious self-harm.

Prior policy allowed only trained staff to respond using restraint or seclusion for less serious cases.

“Our first response to our students is to de-escalate and use positive behavior interventions, but in the event of an emergency, where those actions wouldn’t be effective, that is when restraint or seclusion would be used,” Dr. Kendra King, the district’s student services and achievement director, said.

King said new legislation from Virginia’s Board of Education requires all staff to be trained on these policies and know how to intervene if necessary.

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