To confirm the District’s responsibilities as defined in Section 33.1(d) of the Education Act to establish practices and standards that prioritize the safety and well-being of students and staff within a welcoming, inclusive, safe and healthy learning environment.
To provide clear expectations with respect to the use of seclusion rooms in the District.
Seclusion room is a dedicated area in the school intended to provide a safe, quiet and supervised space for students whose behaviour poses an immediate threat to themself and/or others. In Edmonton Public Schools, an operational seclusion room adheres to standards established for these spaces.
Sensory room is a dedicated area in the school where students can stimulate or calm their senses by engaging with a range of equipment, lighting or sounds. Sensory rooms are designed to support self-regulation and positive behaviour and can be used by one or more students at a time. Sensory rooms are not intended to be used as seclusion rooms.
Crisis responses and crisis interventions are decisions or actions informed through training that are used by staff when a student’s behaviour is unsafe. These decisions and actions are used to ensure student and staff safety and are comprised of a range of strategies, including but not limited to: physical escort, physical hold and the use of a seclusion room.
Central Administration has the responsibility for:
The principal has the responsibility for: