H.R. 1893: Keeping All Students Safe Act

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Congressman George Miller (D-CA) and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) have reintroduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act to ensure that educators throughout the US have the skills to manage violent student behavior safely.

About the Bill
The Keeping All Students Safe Act calls for all states to implement policies that limit the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools. It also calls for school staff to be trained in safe and effective behavior management and crisis intervention techniques, and it may provide funding for states to implement its requirements.

This bill was previously introduced in the Senate as S. 2860, S. 3895, and S. 2020. Similar bills, H.R. 4247 and H.R. 1381, have been proposed in the House of Representatives.

If passed, H.R. 1893 will:
  • Limit the use of restraint and seclusion to emergency situations in which there is a threat of imminent physical danger.
  • Prohibit the use of mechanical restraints, chemical restraints, and physical restraints that impede breathing.
  • Require schools to inform parents on the same day if their child is restrained or secluded.
  • Promote alternatives to the use of restraint such as positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).
  • Require schools to collect data about their use of restraint and seclusion.
  • Require school staff to be trained in de-escalation techniques as well as safer, less restrictive physical interventions to be used only as a last resort.

The bill is intended to ensure that school staff have the skills to handle violent student behavior in a manner that’s as safe for both students and staff as possible.

We Can Help You Make Your School Safer for Students and Staff!
Our 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 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.

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 also offer specialized materials to help you connect the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program skills and strategies with your comprehensive school-wide PBIS plan to promote positive behavior change.

We have numerous public programs coming up, 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.”