Columbia Public Schools finalizes restraint policy

8 months 5 days 23 hours ago Monday, December 09 2019 Dec 9, 2019 Monday, December 09, 2019 4:09:00 PM CST December 09, 2019 in News
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COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education voted on a new student seclusion, isolation and restraint policy at its meeting on Monday night.

The issue has been debated for months, with some changes to the policy being recommended by the Missouri School Board Association in October.

Missouri Disability Empowerment (MoDE) found the association's recommendations to be damaging, leading to additional changes to the policy's language to be brought up on Monday night. 

The policy allows schools to put students, disproportionately those with disabilities, in secluded rooms during a student's breakdown.

The president of MoDE, Robyn Schelp, said making sure those who are restraining children are properly trained.

"It can be dangerous," Schelp said. "If not done properly, the student can get hurt and the teacher can get hurt. Even done properly, there are many risks related to it."

The final draft of the policy included annual training for teachers.

"I just am very thankful that CPS listened to our concerns." Schelp said.

The vote passed unanimously.

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