Mississippi Rule 38.13, Regarding Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

By Terry Vittone | May 24, 2017 | Mississippi | In Effect | 0 comments
Mississippi Rule 38.13 [PDF], regarding restraint and seclusion in schools, was adopted in April of 2016. It is currently in effect.  
The rule:
  • Applies to all public schools in Mississippi.
  • Sets physical restraint as a last resort.
  • Requires all staff members to be trained in restraint and seclusion if the school district permits them.
  • Requires that training is approved by MDE and incorporates:
               1.  Teaching positive behavioral intervention strategies, crisis intervention, and de-
                    escalation techniques;
               2.  Evidence-based practices;
               3.  Keeping staff and students safe during required restraints;
               4.  Identification of antecedent behaviors; and
               5.  Certification and recertification of school personnel.
  • Requires parental notification within 48 hours of any restraint.
  • Requires data collection on all restraints that occur.
CPI Training Can Help Your School Comply With the Legislation
CPI offers training and resources to help schools meet legislation like the Mississippi bill. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training equips staff with techniques for both the prevention of and the safe use of restraint. With a focus on prevention, the program can help you make staff and students safer. Learn more with the following resources, and feel free to reach out with any questions! 
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