Kentucky Board of Education approves amended restraint regulation

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The state Board of Education has approved some changes to a new statewide policy regarding when and how students may be restrained in public schools.

Board members unanimously backed the amended proposal during a regular meeting Monday in Frankfort.

The proposal prohibits physical restraint of students except when a child's behavior poses imminent danger of serious physical harm. It also requires that school personnel receive training to help them identify situations considered serious enough for restraint and learn positive reinforcement methods.

Among other things, the amended proposal adds examples of behavior methods used in classrooms that are not considered physical restraint, such as redirecting students to promote safety. It also restricts the restraint of students who use their hands to communicate, such as those who use sign language.

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