Congress has introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASSA) because every child should be safe, protected and prepared to learn while in school. Sadly, that is not always the case. School data shows that of the 101,990 students restrained or placed in seclusion at school, 78% were students with disabilities. Although Black students comprise just 15% of students, they represent 22% of students secluded and 34% mechanically restrained. We need KASSA now.
KASSA has been introduced in both the House and Senate. This bill would make it illegal for any school receiving federal funds to seclude a child or use dangerous restraint practices that restrict breathing, such as prone or supine restraint. The bill would also prohibit schools from physically restraining children, except when necessary to protect students and staff. Lastly, the bill would better equip school personnel with the training they need to address school-expected behavior with evidence-based proactive strategies. You can learn more at www.stophurtingkids.com.
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