In partnership with SafeSchools, the Maine DOE is providing a course to all Maine schools that is an overview of Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion at no cost to the local school system.
In accordance with Chapter 33, “Annually, each covered entity shall provide overview and awareness information to all staff, including contracted providers, regarding the content of this rule and any local policies or procedures related to the use of physical restraint and seclusion” (Chapter 33, Section 4.2).
SafeSchools and Maine DOE collaborated to create this 25 minute, web based course specifically to address Chapter 33.
- This course meets the Chapter 33 requirement of “annual notification of rule and local policies” (Section 4.2).
- This course DOES NOT meet the requirement of having “a sufficient number of administrators or designees, general and special education staff, maintain certification in an approved training” (Section 12).
For approved trainings, visit http://www.maine.gov/doe/school-safety/restraints/approved.html
The Restraint and Seclusion Overview and Awareness Information Course can be presented in a small or large group setting, or on an individual basis. All staff of a “covered entity” receive individual logins. A description of this customized course can be found on SafeSchools’ Maine Courses page.
Sarah Ricker, Student Assistance Coordinator, oversees guidance to schools and parents in regards to Chapter 33. Her work in creating this course with SafeSchools addresses the importance of ensuring that all teachers and administrators have consistent and accurate knowledge of Chapter 33 requirements so all students and staff feel safe and welcoming in their learning environment.
To register staff for the Restraint and Seclusion Overview and Awareness Information Course, contact Justin Moore at SafeSchools. He can be reached by calling 1-800-434-0154, ext 7028 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.