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Kentucky Schools Restraint Policy Hears Comments

The Kentucky Board of Education will hear public opinion this week on a recently approved policy that is meant to improve the state’s restraint and seclusion rules for misbehaving students. Some Kentucky school superintendents say the new regulations are still too vague.Earlier this year the board of education approved changes based off recommendations made by a task force including non-profit organizations, like Kentucky Center for School Safety, and some parents. The new policy is also aligned with recommendations released this year by the federal government.Several states have laws on the books that regulate restraint and seclusion, but Kentucky is not one of them. Instead the education department is responsible for setting the regulations.The new policy allows restraint or seclusion of misbehaving students only in cases of imminent danger or harm. Because of this, some superintendents say what’s considered an emergency situation is too subjective.Pendleton County Schools Superintendent Anthony Strong says there needs to be better explanations for when teachers and staff can intervene.Under the new policy, all school staff would receive annual basic behavioral training. The public hearing is Tuesday in Frankfort. 

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