Kansas: Emergency Safety Interventions K.A.R. 91-42-1 and K.A.R. 91-42-2

In February 2013 the Kansas Department of Education adopted regulations for the use of Emergency Safety Interventions (ESI). These regulations are effective as of April 19, 2013. A task force that includes CPI has been convened to draft a technical assistance document to provide Kansas school districts with best-practice recommendations for implementing Emergency Safety Interventions (ESI) K.A.R. 91-42-1 and K.A.R. 91-42-2.

About the Kansas Regulations for the Use of Emergency Safety Interventions
Kansas’s regulations for the use of ESIs are intended to ensure that school staff have the skills to handle violent student behavior in a manner that’s as safe as possible for both students and staff. They limit the use of physical restraint in schools to only situations in which a student presents an imminent danger of physical harm to self or others.
 
The regulations prohibit the use of prone and supine physical restraint and any physical restraint that obstructs a student’s breathing or impacts a student’s primary mode of communication. Additionally, they require schools to:
 
  • Train staff in prevention and de-escalation techniques, as well as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) strategies.
  • Train personnel in the use of emergency safety interventions.
  • Collect data about and document each use of physical restraint.
  • Notify parents when their children have been restrained.
 
We Can Help!
Schools across the US use our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program because it focuses on prevention and de-escalation techniques and other alternatives to restraint and seclusion, as well as how to use safer, less-restrictive physical interventions only as a last resort. We also offer specialized materials to help connect the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program skills and strategies with your school-wide PBIS plan to increase positive student behavior.
 
Tailoring Training to Your School’s Needs
Our training can be tailored to the unique needs of your school or district. With our train-the-trainer option, select staff can be certified to teach the program to other staff on a continuing basis. We have numerous public programs coming to Kansas, and an on-site training option is also available.
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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.”

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