On November 10, 2011 the Alabama State Board of Education developed updated regulations pertaining to the use of physical restraint and seclusion in public schools.

Chapter 290-3-1-.02(1)(f), Seclusion and Restraint for ALL Students, of the State Board of Education Administrative Code has been changed and goes into effect on December 11, 2011. This newly added section includes the following requirements:

  • The use of physical restraint that restricts the flow of air to the student's lungs, by any method (face-down, face-up, or on your side) is prohibited.
  • The use of seclusion as defined in the chapter is prohibited.
  • Restraint may only be used when a student is an immediate danger to himself or others and the student is not responsive to less intensive behavioral interventions.
  • Physical restraint must be immediately terminated when the student is no longer an immediate danger to himself or others or if observed to be in severe distress.
  • Schools must develop and implement written policies to govern the use of physical restraint requiring staff training, documentation, and debriefing.
  • Staff training is required in a program which addresses prevention and de-escalation techniques, the safe use of physical restraints, as well as positive behavioral intervention strategies.


CPI Can Help Your School Comply With the Requirements!
Schools across the US use our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program techniques because they’ve been shown to be effective in both the prevention of and the safe use of physical restraint. CPI training 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. Training gives staff tools to organize their thinking about risk behavior and help them determine the most appropriate, least restrictive intervention to use in each unique situation.

Tailoring Training to Your School’s Needs
CPI 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 connect the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program skills and strategies with your school-wide PBIS plan to increase positive student behavior.

How to Get Training
We can bring the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training program on site to your school, or you can attend training in one of more than 150 public locations throughout the US.