Louisiana House Bill 405

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To amend and reenact R.S. 17:7(5), relative to the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education; to provide that the board shall adopt guidelines for the use of seclusion, physical restraint, and mechanical restraint of certain students; and to provide for related matters.


Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:

Section 1. R.S. 17:7(5) is hereby amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§7. Duties, functions, and responsibilities of board
In addition to the authorities granted by R.S. 17:6 and any powers, duties, and responsibilities vested by any other applicable laws, the board shall:


(5)(a) Approve courses of study and prepare and adopt rules and regulations for the discipline of students, and the governance of the public elementary and secondary schools and other public schools and programs under its jurisdiction, which shall not be inconsistent with law and which shall be enforced by the parish and city, parish, and other local public school boards and the local school superintendents. However, the board shall have no control over the business affairs of a city, parish, or other local public school board or the selection or removal of its officers and employees.


(b) Prepare and adopt guidelines for the appropriate use of seclusion, physical restraint, and mechanical restraint of students with exceptionalities as defined in R.S. 17:1942.

CPI Training Can Help!
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program techniques have been shown to be effective in both the prevention of and the safe use of physical restraint and seclusion. Our evidence-based program is designed to provide you with training in identifying the underlying causes of the student behaviors that can lead to restraint or seclusion. The training centers on prevention and de-escalation techniques and other alternatives to restraint and seclusion, as well as:

  • Evaluating risk of harm.
  • Monitoring for signs of distress.
  • Documenting incidents.
  • Safe, less-restrictive physical interventions to be used only as a last resort.

Our training can be tailored to the unique needs of your school. With our train-the-trainer option, select staff can be certified to teach the program to other staff in your school or district on a continuing basis. We also offer specialized materials to help you incorporate a comprehensive PBIS plan into your framework for decreasing problem student behavior and promoting positive behavior choices.

We have numerous programs coming up in Louisiana , and a cost-effective, 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.”