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SCHOOLS: Consider using hidden video or audio

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on April 26, 2012 at 11:36 am | 57 Comments »
April 26, 2012 11:36 am

Two recent incidences where school staff have shown unprofessional conduct regarding student discipline are very concerning. One was an incident in Olympia where a student was placed in a padded room, and the other incident in New Jersey where classroom teachers were demeaning a student with autism.

I consider each case as unprofessional due to actions of staff members not following professional and positive guidelines regarding discipline and interactions with students. Staff always must refer to parents in regards to what kind of discipline is used and written consent through Adversive Behavior Plans anytime physical contact or isolation is used on students.

Interactions which are demeaning should automatically result in termination and reports sent to Office of Professional Practices within OSPI for certificate disciplinary actions.

It may be time for expanded use of hidden video/audio recordings to assist both parents and teachers to keep interactions appropriate and positive.

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