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Cottage Grove, OR: New grade school has 2 sensory rooms to 'de-escalate' and stay calm

July 4, 2018, Eugene (OR) Register Guard: New Cottage Grove elementary school nearly finished The new Harrison Elementary School in the South Lane School District is no ordinary grade school. The two-story, 81,000-square-foot building looks like something out of an architectural magazine — with a cobalt blue exterior, large windows, stone siding and large wooden beams. Construction of the school, which features 33 classrooms, a large gym, a library and a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen among other things, has been completed. Now it’s just time for the finishing touches, according to South Lane School District spokesman Garrett Bridgens, who led a short tour through the school Tuesday morning. … The school also has two sensory rooms complete with blue, padded walls for students who are experiencing behavioral episodes. The students will use the rooms to “de-escalate,” district officials said. A swing will be installed in each of the sensory rooms, which district officials say will help calm students when they are feeling overwhelmed.

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