To confirm the Division’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 and physical restraint in the Division.
Seclusion room is a dedicated area in the school intended to provide a safe, quiet and supervised space for students whose behaviour poses an imminent danger of physical harm to themself and/or others. All Division seclusion rooms must be recognized by Division infrastructure staff as meeting the standards for a seclusion room.
Alberta Education defines a seclusion room as “a room, structure or enclosure in a school operated by a school authority, the primary purpose or use of which involves the involuntary confinement or isolation of a student where the student is prevented or incapable of evacuating from the room, structure or enclosure without the assistance of another person because security measures are not under the student’s control. All seclusion environments are safe, humane and abide by all building, safety and fire codes, free of items that may be harmful to students, adequately lit, well-ventilated and at a suitable temperature”.
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. A sensory room is designed to support self-regulation and positive behaviour and can be used by one or more students at a time. A sensory room is not intended to be used as a seclusion room.
Crisis management includes decisions or actions informed through training that are used by staff only as a last resort when a student’s behaviour is dangerous or imminently dangerous. These decisions and actions are used to ensure student and staff safety and are comprised of a range of strategies and procedures, including but not limited to: physical restraint and the use of a seclusion room.
Physical restraint, as defined by Alberta Education, is “any method of using physical contact for restricting or immobilizing another person’s freedom of movement, physical activity or normal access to their body. It is a personal restriction that serves as a means of controlling an individual’s movement, reconstituting behavioural control and establishing and maintaining safety for the individual and other individuals”.
Central Administration has the responsibility for:
The principal has the responsibility for: