Wyoming Department of Education, Chapter 42: Seclusion and Restraints in School

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As of December 1, 2011, districts must develop and implement a policy related to the use of restraint and seclusion. Under Chapter 42: Restraint and Seclusion in Schools, the following is required:

  • All staff shall receive training in evidence-based techniques shown to be effective in the prevention of physical restraint and seclusion, including evidence-based skills training related to positive behavior supports, safe physical escort, conflict prevention, de-escalation, and conflict management.
  • The minimum amount of training required for all staff shall be the number of hours recommended by the evidence-based training program selected by the school and ongoing training for all staff shall be provided as recommended by the evidence-based training program selected by the school.
  • Only trained, certified staff shall be permitted to utilize restraint and schools shall not utilize aversive interventions, mechanical restraints, or prone restraints at any time.
  • Schools shall develop an incident review strategy or debriefing strategy. The incident review or debriefing process shall address what, if any, subsequent actions need to be taken.
  • Schools must document each restraint or seclusion.

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Read Wyoming Department of Education, Chapter 42 [PDF].

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