Let's see whether the DOE is serious about this De-escalation plan, and how its implemented.
"... They have their exits and their entrances, And one man [woman] in his [her] time plays many parts..."
Shakespeare, As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII.
NYC DOE PANEL APPROVES NEW POLICIES FOR STUDENTS EXPERIENCING BEHAVIORAL CRISES
Thursday, May 21, 2015, New York, NY— Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) applauds the actions of the New York City Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy, which voted unanimously last night to approve much-needed changes regarding intervention and de-escalation, and contacting 911 for students experiencing behavioral issues.
The vote comes as a result of a December 2014 settlement between the City of New York and LSNYC, which represented a group of students who had been improperly removed from school and taken by ambulance to city emergency rooms because of classroom behavior. That lawsuit was originally filed during the previous administration against the City of New York, the Department of Education, and the Fire Department.
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The new regulation further states that in no circumstance should 911 be used as a disciplinary measure because of a student’s behavior, and that following any crisis, school officials should meet with the parent (and student if appropriate) to discuss appropriate behavioral supports and interventions for the student.
“When I first came to Legal Services I was completely distraught,” said Rhonda Thurston, whose son was just five years old when the lawsuit was filed. “[The school] ended up calling the police on my son, they ended up sending my son to the psychiatric ward three different times. A child shouldn’t have to go through that.”
“Last night’s vote was an important step toward ending the practice of sending students to hospital emergency rooms unnecessarily,” said LSNYC Senior
The new regulations will become effective on August 1, 2015. A copy of Chancellor’s Regulation A-411 is available here.