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Kansas School Implement New Use Of Force Policy

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A newly-outlined physical restraint and seclusion policy at schools across Kansas has some area parents concerned. Parents in Pittsburg have received letters describing a new physical restraint policy involving their kids. 

This is the letter showing up at the homes  of parents across the Pittsburg School District. By checking the box, parents acknowledge that the district might use physical restraint or seclusion to control their children if necessary.
   
That's left many parents, like James McAffe, with a lot of questions.

"I can see how a policy like that could be abused," McAffe said.
 
But the district said it's not it's policy, but everyone's policy, passed down by the US Department of Education, nationwide. But only as guidelines, the district says it's the Kansas Department of Education that is enforcing this policy.
 
"This policy is made to protect kids, it's a nationwide policy, that we have all been trained in, every teacher across the nation has been trained in," said the Pittsburg High School Counselor, Gina Ulbrich.
 
Ulbrich says preventative measures have always, and will always, trump physical restraint. And though every teacher has received training, only a certain few have been trained to restrain children properly, despite the fact that the high school has not yet needed to enforce the policy. 

"We don't use it unless we have to, because anytime you get into a situation like that the chances of someone being hurt obviously becomes greater," said Pittsburg Schools Superintendent Destry Brown.
 
And Brown says the chances of being hurt are greater for the teacher and staff than for the actual student. He also stresses that any time a student is restrained, parents will be notified and written report will be filled. Something some parents are finding solace in.

"You can see obvious places where it would obviously be needed, and there's not going to be a problem, with concerning where intervention is needed," McAffe said. 

 

 for more information on the policy, click here and here.

 

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