South Dakota SB 46, an Act requiring South Dakota schools to adopt a policy limiting the use of restraint and seclusion, was passed into law on March 26, 2018.
According to the Act, school policy must include these provisions:
  • A procedure for notifying the parent or guardian of the student, unless the student is emancipated, of an incident requiring the use of restraint or seclusion.
  • A prohibition of the use of prone restraint, defined as physical pressure applied to any part of the student’s body to keep the student in a face-down position on the floor or other surface, except when the use is necessary and reasonable in manner and moderate in degree.  
  • A prohibition on the use of involuntary confinement of a student locked alone in a room, unless there is a clear and present danger.
CPI Training Can Help Your School Comply With the Act
CPI offers training and resources to help schools meet legislative mandates like the policy requirements set forth in the South Dakota Act. Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training equips staff with techniques for both the prevention of and the safe use of restraint. Our train-the-trainer program helps staff identify underlying causes of student behaviors, and how staff and student behaviors affect each other. Our program also emphasizes:
  • Evaluating risk of harm and signs of distress.
  • Documenting incidents.
  • Using safer, less restrictive holding skills only as a last resort.
  • Practicing behavioral supports.
  • Implementing evidence-based practices.
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 170 public locations throughout the US.
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