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Pierre, SD: New law protects students from being "mashed face down on the floor"

Mar 12, 2018, Pierre (SD) Capital Journal: Stanley County School District looks at legislature’s work on student restraint, funding increase, public commentary http://www.capjournal.com/news/stanley-county-school-district-looks-at-legislature-s-work-on/article_063c8490-2675-11e8-ab9f-170a40ae7849.html To ensure that students in South Dakota are not mashed face down on the floor or locked alone in rooms against their will, legislators have passed a law requiring school districts to have policies prohibiting that. … Stanley County School District Superintendent Joel Price told the Capital Journal before the board’s Monday meeting that he didn’t see the substance of the bill as controversial: “It makes sense that you don’t take kids to the ground or put them in windowless, airless rooms.” … According to the new law, the policy drafted by Price will have to include a procedure for immediately notifying the parent of any incident requiring restraint or seclusion. And the policy will have to prohibit “prone restraint” and “involuntary confinement of a student locked alone in a room.” …