School boards ask government to lift ban on seclusion rooms

Aug 24, 2019 by

Image result for seclusion rooms photosAlberta’s four largest school boards met with Education Minister Adriana LaGrange on Thursday to urge the province to lift a ban on seclusion rooms, intended to calm students in “exceptional cases.”

“I can tell you that parents and families in each of our individual districts, as well as staff within our districts, need clarity, and they need certainty around the use of seclusion rooms,” said Edmonton Public School Board chairwoman Trisha Estabrooks from Board chambers on Friday. “At the end of the day … this is about the safety of students and the safety of staff within our districts.”

Following the commissioning of a working group on seclusion room guidelines in October 2018, in March NDP Education Minister David Eggen issued an order banning seclusion rooms in all schools in the province as of Sept. 1.

“Schools must be a safe and caring environment for all students to learn, especially the most vulnerable,” he said on March 1, calling for a more “progressive” way of handling special cases.

Some advocates and parents are dismayed by the boards’ request, arguing that current seclusion room guidelines are not sufficient to safeguard the rights and safety of vulnerable children.

Source: School boards ask government to lift ban on seclusion rooms | Calgary Herald

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