Seclu­sion rooms: State­ment from Min­is­ter Eggen

The McLeod River Post - - Education Matters -

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter David Eggen is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment re­gard­ing the use of seclu­sion, time out and phys­i­cal re­straint in schools:

“I had the plea­sure of meet­ing with Marcy Oakes – one of the par­ents who is serv­ing on the work­ing group I’ve ap­pointed on the use of seclu­sion, (iso­la­tion) rooms time out, and phys­i­cal re­straint in schools. Marcy shared with me the ur­gency of this work, and I couldn’t agree more.

“As a par­ent and a teacher my­self, I’ve frankly been dis­turbed – as is our Pre­mier – by some of the things par­ents are shar­ing about their fam­ily’s ex­pe­ri­ences with seclu­sion rooms in Al­berta schools. We can, will, and must do bet­ter for our kids. The sta­tus quo is sim­ply un­ac­cept­able as all chil­dren’s safety and well-be­ing is im­por­tant.

“Seclu­sion or iso­la­tion should only ever be used as a last re­sort in a cri­sis sit­u­a­tion. These rooms should never be used to con­fine, pun­ish, or hu­mil­i­ate stu­dents. While we value the hard work of teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors, it’s be­come clear that bet­ter guide­lines and ac­count­abil­ity are needed on this is­sue.

“That’s why I ap­pointed this group of par­ents, teach­ers and ex­perts to ad­vise me on draft­ing strict new guide­lines for the use of seclu­sion in Al­berta schools. I was pleased to hear from Marcy that this group has made good progress at their meet­ings this week. I look for­ward to see­ing rec­om­men­da­tions in the com­ing weeks.”

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