Pursuant to Senate Bill 1, 2021 Extraordinary Session, districts are required to submit their current COVID-19 School Operations Plan and any subsequent drafts to KDE for informational purposes.
Districts may submit their plans to KDE using this form.

Safe Schools

Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools

Published: 4/12/2021 1:33 PM
Physical Restraint and Seclusion Training Requirement Update for the 2021-22 School Year
With the return to in person instruction, it is of the utmost importance to address the safety of both our students and staff in schools. After careful consideration, the KDE has determined not to seek a new waiver of 704 KAR 7:160, Section 6(3)(c) which requires “Simulated experience of administering and receiving physical restraint, and instruction regarding the effect on the person physically restrained, including instruction on monitoring physical signs of distress and obtaining medical assistance”. It seems that vendors providing training have, in adjusting to COVID-19 restrictions, been very innovative in mitigating COVID-19 risks while meeting the simulated experience requirement. Should you have further questions or need additional assistance, please feel free to contact Jarrod Slone using the information at the bottom of this page.


Click on the link below to be redirected to the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports page for information on meeting training requirements or questions related to the PBIS requirements under 704 KAR 7:160: The Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Public Schools should follow guidelines set forth in the Behavior Data Standards.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The Kentucky Board of Education approved a prospective and conditional waiver of Section 6(3)(c) of 704 KAR 7:160 on May 7, 2020. This waiver applies to school personnel who have successfully completed Safe Crisis Management certification since January 1, 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, certifications issued since that date currently are eligible to be extended through June 30, 2021, upon virtual completion of additional training components outlined in 704 KAR 7:160, Section 6(3).

Jarrod S. Slone
Office of Special Education and Early Learning
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970 Ext. 4134



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