Three education bills crossed Chambers on Wednesday (1/31).
The bill sets four provisions that would be required within the school district policy, they include:
- A procedure for notifying the parent or guardian of the student on the same business day, unless the student is emancipated, of an incident requiring the use of restraint or seclusion;
- A prohibition on the use of prone restraint, defined as physical pressure applied to any part of the student’s body to keep the student in a face down position on the floor or other surface;
- A prohibition on the use of involuntary confinement of a student locked alone in a room;
- Training on crisis prevention and the proper use of restraint and seclusion.
“We want the best sample policy,” ASBSD Director of Policy and Legal Services Gerry Kaufman testified, adding the Association has shared the sample policy with other education stakeholders for input.
“We believe it important…for school districts to be able to write their own policy within the parameters of Senate Bill 46.”
House members passed two education related bills, as well.
“This property is owned by the school,” Rep. Oren Lesmeister, the bill’s prime sponsor, said on the floor. “If a school district wants to offer affordable housing this way, I say great.”
Rep. Lesmeister noted the bill would not result in an additional tax burden for local tax payers because it has never been previously collected and would benefit “mostly rural schools.” ASBSD supports the bill.
“It (makes a) minor change, but to these school districts, it’s huge,” ASBSD Executive Director Wade Pogany testified during the bill’s committee hearing. “They use this practice to attract teachers.”
Rep. Jason Kettwig said the bill “takes a program that is working and has been successful and puts it into law.”
The bill codifies the dual credit program that allows students in grades 9-12 to take general education college courses as high school credit with students in the 11-12 grades earning college credit through the program.