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Seclusion and Physical Restraint
STATE RULES FOR THE USE OF
RESTRAINT & SECLUSION IN SCHOOLS
4500.1 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purposes of these rules are to:
a. Create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment in schools;
b. Promote positive behavioral interventions and supports in schools; and
c. Ensure that students are not subjected to inappropriate use of restraint or seclusion.
These rules are applicable to all learning environments that receive public funding, or
over which the Vermont Department of Education has regulatory authority
For full text and sample forms click on link http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/board/rules/4500.html
FERPA -Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Orleans Southwest Supervisory Member Districts, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records. However, [the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union member school districts] may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the [Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union member school districts] to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications. Examples include:
• A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
• The annual yearbook;
• Honor roll or other recognition lists;
• Graduation programs; and
• Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. 1
If you do not want [the Orleans Southwest Supervisory Union member school districts] to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by: refer to individual school handbooks. [Member school district’s] has designated the following information as directory information: [Note: an LEA may, but does not have to, include all the information listed below.]