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Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion

The School District has adopted a policy and procedure to implement the standards for use of physical restraint and seclusion with students, as required by state law and regulations, and to support a safe school environment. Physical restraint and seclusion, as defined in the policy, may only be used as an emergency intervention when a student’s behavior presents an imminent risk of injury or harm to the student or others. Physical restraint is defined as an intervention that restricts a student’s freedom of movement or normal access to his or her body, and includes physically moving a student who has not moved voluntarily. Seclusion is defined as the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room or clearly defined area from which the student is physically prevented from leaving, with no other person in the room or area with the student. The policy sets forth specific examples of what does not constitute physical restraint and what does not constitute seclusion. The accompanying procedure defines important terms such as emergency, imminent risk of injury or harm, dangerous behavior, and serious bodily injury. The procedure describes permitted and prohibited uses of physical restraint and seclusion, monitoring obligations, and sets forth notice and reporting requirements. Refer to School Board Policies JKAA and JKAA-R. Also refer to Maine Department of Education Rule Ch. 33