Input sought – Draft Policy 5144 Physical Restraint and Seclusion in School Settings

On September 27th, the Board of Education approved Draft Policy 5144 Physical Restraint and Seclusion in School Settings for distribution to reference groups for input.


Draft Policy 5144 Physical Restraint and Seclusion in School Settings is a new policy to incorporate the Ministry of Education’s directive to align school district policy with the BC Ministry of Education Provincial Guidelines – Physical Restraint and Seclusion in School Settings.

If you or your organization has any comments, concerns or suggestions about this draft policy, please forward them in writing to:

Diane Nygaard, Executive Assistant

School District No. 57 (Prince George)

2100 Ferry Avenue

Prince George, BC ~~V2L 4R5




or fax:250-561-6820 or 250-561-6801


To help focus your input, the following questions may be considered:


  • How does the new policy fit with current practice?
  • How will the new policy affect your school/department/group?
  • How will the policy affect teaching, learning and student achievement?
  • Do you have any ideas for making the policy more effective?
  • Are there any areas in the policy that are unclear?
  • Are there significant issues that the policy should, but does not, address?
  • Can you foresee any difficulties posed by the implementation of the policy?
  • Will the policy as proposed put unreasonable demands on people or resources? If so, how?





1 Comment:

  • Rebecca Georges / Reply


    I am not a parent of your district but am from a different district who are also making motions to adopt the provincial guidelines. Having done a considerable amount of research I would like to point out that the new guideline makes one major big difference and assumption. That is it does not require parental consent for use. In the past through there were inconsistent applications, there was no provincial law that permitted the use of restraint and seclusion in general and when it was used it was supposed to be with the consent of parents. The new guidelines encourage parent consultation but does not require consent. Parents may wish to review the legislation carefully at the local level. An option is for the Board to build in required parental consent for example. Thank you for your attention.

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