Policies and Procedures Handbook

Last Updated: 6/28/05
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550


Board Policy

The Garrett County Board of Education encourages and supports the use, by school personnel, of an array of positive behavior interventions, strategies, and supports to increase or decrease targeted student behaviors; to prevent self-injurious behaviors in students; and, to identify and defuse potentially dangerous student behaviors. School teams meet, as needed, to develop positive behavior interventions, strategies and supports school-wide, or for individual students through functional behavior assessments and behavior intervention plans which may address the prevention of self-injurious behaviors or defusing potentially dangerous student behaviors. School personnel shall only use exclusion, restraint, or seclusion after less restrictive or alternative approaches have been considered and attempted or determined to be inappropriate. Exclusion, restrain, or seclusion when necessary must be used in a humane, safe and effective manner, without intent to harm or create undue discomfort and be consistent with known medical or psychological limitations and the student's behavior intervention plan. This policy and accompanying procedures will be reviewed annually and provided to school personnel and parents. This policy does not restrict educators from maintaining a safe and orderly school environment.

COMAR 13A.08.04

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