Working collaboratively towards successful outcomes
The mission of the Maine Coalition Against
Restraint and Seclusion is to work to minimize or prevent the need to use restraint and seclusion for managing unsafe behaviors of individuals with disabilities.
The Maine Coalition Against Restraint & Seclusion
Information for Parents of Students with Disabilities covered by
Chapter 101 Maine Unified Special Education Regulations and
Chapter 33 The Maine State Rule Governing the use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion
Does your child demonstrate unsafe behaviors that result in the use of physical restraint and/or seclusion? Here are some steps to consider:
- Learn all you can about Chapter 33, The Maine State Rule Governing the use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion at the Maine Department of Education’s School Safety website. See below.
- Review your school’s policy on Physical Restraint and Seclusion, usually found under “JKAA”. See your District’s website or ask for a copy.
-Make sure to review all Incident Reports in detail and request to meet informally with the staff involved to debrief about an incident.
-Meet with your child’s IEP Team to collaborate on how to reduce the unsafe behavior and to try to get a better understanding of the behaviors.
-Determine with the Team if any assessments are needed to better understand the student’s strengths and needs or if a behavior plan needs to be developed or updated.
You can access the full rule Chapter 33 at the Maine Department of Education’s School Safety website: https://www.maine.gov/doe/schools/safeschools/restraint
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