Virginia's Law for Reducing Restraint in Schools

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Do you think that professional development and training can help staff manage their classrooms more safely?

In Virginia, House Bill 1106 requires the Commission on Youth to consult with the state’s Department of Education and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to review:
  • Statewide policies and regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in public and private elementary and secondary schools.
  • Methods used in other states to reduce and eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint.
The bill requires the Commission to make recommendations for the modernization of Virginia's policies and regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools and:
  • Submit its recommendations to the General Assembly by November 30, 2014.
  • Report its findings to the Governor and the 2015 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
The law is intended to spark action to ensure that Virginia schools equip staff with skills for handling violent student behavior safely. It's part of a flurry of legislation that's been passing in states throughout the US, requiring staff to be trained in PBIS, de-escalation skills, and other methods for restraint prevention and reduction. Similarly, a federal bill, known as the Keeping All Students Safe Act, is intended to increase safety for students and staff. If passed, KASA will give all schools in the US a consistent policy on the use of restraint and seclusion.
We will continue to monitor the development of Virginia’s new law and post updates as the Commission develops its recommendations for reducing restraint in Virginia schools.

Find out how Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training can help your school decrease and prevent the use of restraint. Also get PBIS concepts, premises, and strategies and helpful hints about behavior management.

For information about other states' legislative requirements and how we can help, check out our Legislation posts. Another helpful resource is My State's Seclusion and Restraint Laws from the Autism National Committee.
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“Every individual on this earth deserves to be treated with compassion, understanding, and the right to keep their dignity intact. This can be difficult to honor at times when someone loses control of their behavior, but that’s where Rational Detachment and not taking it personally really kicks in. What has helped me be able to do this well goes back to the first day I was introduced to Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training. I was a participant before becoming a Certified Instructor (and before working for CPI), and over the years I have had so many opportunities to use what I learned way back then. Today, I live the skills automatically. It’s an honor to have been given those skills to live the philosophy of treating others the way I want to be treated.”