Policy Details

5160 Protective Holding and Physical Intervention




It is the policy of the Board of Education to ensure that all administrators, staff, and students work and attend schools where they are physically and emotionally safe. The Board recognizes that there are infrequent times when it becomes necessary for staff to employ reasonable restraint in order to maintain this safe environment. Physical restraint is defined as the application of "protective holding" to ensure the safety of a student. These actions may range from very simple actions such as guided escorts to full protective holds. In some cases, these actions may need to be employed in situations where a student displays extremely aggressive behavior and/or loss of self-control. Protective holding is employed always as a last resort by staff. Protective holding should cease as soon as the risk to self or others passes. Staff, especially those working with challenging behaviors, must be appropriately trained not less than annually in the proper use of protective holding and appropriate techniques for de-escalating aggressive students. Verbal interventions should be used whenever possible to avoid the need for protective holding. At no time should protective holding be employed as a disciplinary measure. Life threatening physical restraint shall not be employed.

Physical restraint (protective holding) may be employed by staff member to:

1.Quell a disturbance threatening injury to others.

2.Obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects, including a controlled substance upon or within the control of such student.

3.Protect other persons or property.

4.Direct the movement or actions of a student to avoid undue or deliberate disruption of the classroom and/or others parts of the school.

5.Protect an individual from his/her own actions.

In the case of students with disabilities, staff should comply with any existing behavioral intervention plan.

In all cases where a student's behavior has required the use of a protective hold, the parent will be notified as soon as feasible. In addition, an incident report shall be completed by the staff member(s) involved in the protective hold and signed by the supervisor. The report will include information about the antecedents of the incident, the actual behavior that resulted in the protective hold, and the specific actions taken by staff and the time the student was placed in a protective hold.

Legal Reference: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46a-151 Life-threatening physical restraint prohibited.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-76b-5 Use of physical restraint and seclusion in public schools. Definitions
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-76b-6 Use of physical restraint and seclusion in public schools.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-76b-7 Use of physical restraint and seclusion in public schools, exceptions.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-76b-8 Use of physical restraint and seclusion in public schools, requirements.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-76b-9 Parental notification of physical restraint, seclusion.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-76b-10 Required training for providers or assistants on the use of physical restraint or seclusion.
Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-76b-11 Reports of physical restraint, seclusion.

Litchfield Board of Education

Policy Adopted: January 21, 2015

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