New Restraint/Seclusion Policy OK'd for Kentucky Schools

Dec 18, 2012

A legislative review committee has approved the Kentucky Department of Education’s new restraint and seclusion policy proposal.

The changes would increase training and parent communication and allow restraint and seclusion of misbehaving students in cases of imminent threat.

Several superintendents testified this year against an earlier version of the proposal, saying it was too vague and didn’t do enough to protect teachers. The education department has since softened some language pertaining to when a teacher could act.

Kentucky Protection and Advocacy is one of several groups pushing for policy changes. Officials with the group say the new regulation would be a step in the right direction, but they still wish it was a little stronger.

At Monday’s hearing there was no verbal opposition to the changes, but several spoke in favor of them.

The policy will now head to the legislature’s education committee for final approval.