restraint & seclusion

10 RESTRAINT & SECLUSION TIPS FOR PARENTS

6) GET INVOLVED

::  Become as involved as possible with your child’s school. This is a great way to build good communication with teachers, as well as to observe aspects of your child’s school day. Are there “Homeroom Parents,” lunchroom volunteers, or other roles you can play?
:: Visit and observe your child’s program. If you feel the school unreasonably discourages parent observation, ask to see the School District’s policy on parental visits.
:: Get your child involved in school-based afterschool and extracurricular activities, and volunteer to help with the club, team, or activity your child joins.
:: Become involved in the PTO/PTA. Get to know, and make common cause with, other parents.
:: Attend School Board meetings, and get to know your elected School Board members
:: When your child’s teachers have done a good job, show your appreciation! At the close of a successful school year, write to the principal (with a copy to the teacher) commending their work. Nominate them for awards that may be offered by your school district, state education agency, or advocacy organization.
Much of the above content was developed by The Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions & Seclusion (APRAIS), of which NAA is a member. For more in-depth information, visit Tash.org & download its free Parent Toolkit: Shouldn’t School Be Safe?
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