Tucson Unified School District implements Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies (PBIS) and Restorative Practices (RS) to teach students behavioral expectations.
The Guidelines for Students Rights and Responsibilities set forth in Governing Board Policy JK establish the infractions that may require disciplinary actions as detailed in that Policy.
For purposes of this Policy, "corporal punishment" means striking or spanking a student as a means of discipline.
Tucson Unified School District prohibits the use of corporal punishment.
For purposes of this Policy, the term "restraint" means any method or device that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a student to move the student's torso, arms, legs or head freely, including physical force or mechanical devices.
As used in this Policy, the term "restraint" does not include any of the following:
For purposes of this Policy, the term "seclusion" means the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room from which egress is prevented (i.e. the student is prevented from leaving the room).
As used in this Policy, the term "seclusion" does not include the use of a voluntary behavior management technique, including a timeout location, as part of a student's education plan, individual safety plan, behavioral plan or the use of an individualized education program that involves the student's separation from a larger group for purposes of calming.
Restraint or seclusion techniques must be used only by school personnel who are trained in the safe and effective use of restraint and seclusion techniques, unless an emergency situation does not allow sufficient time to summon trained personnel.
Tucson Unified School District prohibits the use of seclusion and restraint, except as set forth in this Policy, and only at a school site approved by the Superintendent and in compliance with state law.
Restraint or seclusion techniques may only be used on a student if both of the following apply:
If a restraint or seclusion technique is used on a student:
School personnel must follow the reporting and documentation requirements set forth below when a restraint or seclusion technique has been used on a student. The procedures shall include the following requirements:
If school personnel summon law enforcement instead of using a restraint or seclusion technique on a student, school personnel shall comply with the reporting, documentation and review procedures established in this Policy.
Notwithstanding this Policy, school resource officers are authorized to respond to situations that present the imminent danger of bodily harm according to protocols established by their law enforcement agency.
Tucson Unified School District may establish policies and procedures for the use of restraint or seclusion techniques in a school safety or crisis intervention plan if the plan is not specific to any individual student.
Adopted: May 26, 2009 [Recoded from Policy 5310 and revised]
Reviewed: October 9, 2012 (Recoded from JKAB)
Revised: March 7, 2017