Fwd: [COPAA-NEWS] Support Keeping All Students Safe Act S. 2010
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From: Denise Marshall <denise@...>
To: COPAA-NEWS <COPAA-NEWS@...>
Sent: Mon, Dec 19, 2011 2:56 pm
Subject: [COPAA-NEWS] Support Keeping All Students Safe Act S. 2010
COPAA-News is a service of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. You have permission to share this communication with others. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ COPAA-News is an opt-out communication from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates. To stop receiving COPAA-News, send e-mail to COPAA-News-unsubscribe-request@... Read archives at http://listserv.icors.org/archives/copaa-news.htmlDear Colleagues:Senator Tom Harkin (Chair, Health Education Labor and Pension Committee) introduced S. 2020 the Keeping All Students Safe Act to protect students from dangerous restraint and seclusion on December 16, 2011. The bill will establish vitally-needed national minimum standards to protect all school children nationwide.Under Senator Harkin’s bill, physical restraint will be prohibited except in emergency situations when there is an immediate threat of serious bodily injury. The bill bans seclusion of children in locked rooms or rooms from which they cannot exit. It bans life-threatening restraint that interferes with breathing or the ability to communicate, and mechanical and chemical restraints. It requires schools to notify parents within 24 hours of restraint. If there is imminent danger of harm staff may only use the degree of force necessary to stop the threat of harm. It requires the collection of data to improve decision-making and provide the public with information about practices long kept secret. Specific language and a bill summary are attached.We are seeking signatures for a broad organizational sign-on letter in support of the bill and request sign on by December 30, 2011. The initial letter will be sent to Senator Harkin’s office at the end of this week and then a full list on December 30, 2011. We will continue to collect sign-ons after that date for a later round. Please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KeepingAllStudentsSafeAct and complete the brief form to sign on to the letter.It’s important that as many National, State, or Local organizations sign on as possible. We will provide information in January for how individuals can support the bill.Have a Happy Holiday.Thank you,Denise Marshall, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, denise@...Cindy Smith, National Disability Rights Network, cindy.smith@...Jessica Butler, Autism National Committee, jessica@...