Use of Isolation, Restraint and Reasonable Force - 3246

Mukilteo School District
Students - Series 3000
Use of Isolation, Restraint and Reasonable Force - 3246

It is the policy of the Board of Directors that the District maintains a safe learning environment while treating all students with dignity and respect. All students in the District will remain free from the unreasonable use of force.

District staff may use reasonable force, restraint or isolation only when necessary to control spontaneous behavior that poses an imminent likelihood of serious harm to the acting student, to another person or to the property of others. District staff shall employ the least amount of force, restraint or isolation appropriate to protect the safety of students and staff and shall discontinue the use of force, restraint or isolation as soon as the likelihood of serious harm has dissipated.

Physical force, restraint or isolation is reasonable when needed to prevent or minimize an imminent and substantial risk of bodily in­jury to self or others. If de-escalation interventions have failed or are inappropriate, reasonable physical or restraint force may be used to protect District property from substantial loss or damage.

A restraint device may only be utilized by a School Resource Officer.  Use of a restraint device by a School Resource Officer is reasonable only if the student's spontaneous behavior poses an imminent likelihood of serious harm to the acting student, to another person or to the property of others.

This policy is intended to address students enrolled in the District and not intended to prevent or limit the use of reasonable force or restraint as necessary with other adults or youth from outside the school as allowed by law.

Physical force, restraint, or isolation will not be used as a form of discipline or punishment.

Parents or guardians of students with whom the school is considering the use of restraint or isolation as a planned behavior intervention under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act [IDEA] and students whose Section 504 plan will contain the use of restraint or isolation will be provided a copy of the District’s use of isolation, restraint, restraint devices and reasonable force policy. 

The Superintendent will develop procedures to implement this policy.

 

Cross References:

Board Policy 2161 Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students
Board Policy 2173 Education of Students With Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

 
Legal References:    

WAC 392-172A Rules for the Provision of Special Education
WAC 392-400-235 Discipline — Conditions and limitations

 

Adoption Date: November 12, 2013
Revised: August 24, 2015