BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland State Department of Education on Thursday introduced a “top-to-bottom review” of current insurance policies to forestall what the division known as the unlawful and extreme use of restraint and seclusion.
The announcement comes after Frederick County Public Schools in early December reached a settlement settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to deal with discriminatory use of restraint and seclusion. The college system allegedly disproportionately practiced restraint and seclusion on college students with disabilities.
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“The recent findings have made it clear that MSDE and local school systems have much more work to do in order to ensure that all students – including students with disabilities and students of color – are treated fairly and equitably throughout the State, and that students are provided with an array of positive behavior interventions, strategies, and supports,” the college system mentioned in its announcement.
The division mentioned it’s growing an motion plan to supply elevated oversight and corrective measures to make sure system reform throughout the State to safeguard college students from “harmful and ineffective practices.”
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State Superintendent of Schools Mohammed Choudhury mentioned in all circumstances, restraint and seclusion ought to be used as a final resort and solely in emergency circumstances.
“Given the potentially devastating physical and emotional impact of restraint and seclusion on students and staff, as well the disproportionate use on students with disabilities and students of color, MSDE will work with our local school systems to eliminate the illegal use of these practices and increase system capacity to provide effective, positive means of behavior management,” he mentioned.
While the division targeted on the Federick County settlement. A viral video circulated in November confirmed a restrained Black pupil being punched within the head by a staffer at Howard High School.
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