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It is the policy of the Board of Education to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and visitors in its schools. To further this policy, school personnel may, in compliance with G.S. 115C-391.1 and state and local policies and procedures, employ reasonable restraint or seclusion techniques with students. While the use of temporary prone (facedown) restraint may be required in exceptional cases to protect a student or others, the use of prone restraints is strongly discouraged. Appropriate personnel, as identified by the Superintendent/designee, shall be provided restraint training that explains the risks involved in using prone restraints, strongly discourages it use and provides instruction in alternative methods of restraints.


The Superintendent or designee shall provide copies of this policy and G.S. 115C-391.1 to school personnel and parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year. Principals shall notify parents of any prohibited use of seclusion, restraint, or aversive techniques and shall provide a written incident report within 30 days of any such incident as required by G.S. 115C-391.1 and applicable policies and procedures. The Superintendent or designee shall annually provide a record of reported incidents to the State Board of Education. The Superintendent shall develop rules and procedures to implement this policy in compliance with G.S. 115C-391.1


No employee of the Durham Public Schools shall retaliate against another employee for making a report alleging a prohibited use of seclusion, restraint, or aversive techniques, provided, however, an employee may be disciplined for making such a report if the employee knew or should have known that the report was false.

Legal References: G.S. 115C-391.1
Adopted: January 24, 2008
Revised Effective:  August 25, 2011