Contact Your Members of Congress: Urge Them to Protect Young People

 

Every child should be safe and protected while in school. But a 2009 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed hundreds of cases in which children were abused, and some even died, as a result of misuses of seclusion and restraint in public and private schools, often at the hands of untrained staff.  Many of these interventions were used disproportionately on some of our most vulnerable students—children with disabilities, including those with emotional or behavioral disorders.

Unlike in hospitals and other facilities that receive federal funding, there are no federal laws that address how and when seclusion or restraint can be used in schools. State regulations and oversight vary greatly and have often failed to protect children, and many states do not provide any guidance or assistance regarding these behavioral interventions. It is also impossible to determine the full extent to which these interventions are being used because there is currently no consistent reporting of data.

The Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R. 1381/S. 2020) would prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint and seclusion in schools and is the first national effort to address this problem and ensure the safety of all students and school staff. The Keeping All Students Safe Act is a balanced, bi-partisan approach to making classrooms safer and is vital to stopping the use of seclusion, restraint and other abusive interventions in schools that cause unnecessary trauma, injury and death to America’s children. This legislation establishes important minimum safety standards in schools, similar to the protections already in place in hospitals and non-medical community-based facilities.

Contact Your Legislators today and urge them to cosponsor this vital legislation. Contact your Senators and Representative by:

1.  Calling their offices (use this zip code locator to find the names and number of your legislators).

2.  Completing the Email Your Legislator form with your information (below).

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Co-sponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to cosponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R. 1381/S. 2020).

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In addition to cosponsoring this legislation, I urge you to call on the Congressional leadership to bring H.R. 1381/S. 2020 to the floor and pass this non-controversial legislation that the House accepted in the last Congress by the wide margin of 262 153 with strong bipartisan support.

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