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Loudoun Cty, VA: District holds forum on use of restraint/seclusion with special needs kids

Feb 25, 2018, Leesburg, VA, Loudoun Times—Mirror: Loudoun County Public Schools opens dialogue on restraint, seclusion; parents remain concerned http://www.loudountimes.com/news/article/loudoun_county_public_schools_open_the_dialogue_on_restraint321 Loudoun County Public Schools on Thursday hosted a forum on its restraint and seclusion tactics for students with special needs in an attempt to educate parents and assuage concerns. Despite the two informational sessions, parents still expressed anger, confusion and concern. … Schools have access to Behavior Intervention Teams, which are made up of administrative and instructional personnel trained in relational and technical levels of the Mandt System. The team primarily responds to a behavioral crisis that could potentially involve restraint or seclusion, Jimenez said. … When seclusion is used, the seclusion area must be of a size where students can sit or lie down, have adequate ventilation including heat and air conditioning, have adequate lighting, allow staff to continuously see or hear the student, permit automatic release of any locks if a fire or other emergency in the school exists. Several parents accused Jimenez of not answering questions and said their experience did not mirror the advertised guidelines. …