Reasonable Force Guidelines

  • Use of seclusion and physical restraint against students is governed by the Michigan Revised School Code, including Sections 1307 to 1307h, MCL 380.1307 to 380.1307h; by the policy and guidance issued by the Michigan Department of Education, and by policies issued by the Board of Education for Kalamazoo Public Schools.  These legal requirements, policies and practices are designed to accomplish the following objectives:  promote the care, safety, welfare and security of the school community and the dignity of each student; encourage the use of proactive, effective, evidenced and researched-base strategies and best practices to reduce the occurrence of challenging behaviors; eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint and increase meaningful instructional time for all students; and ensure that seclusion and physical restraint are used as a last resort in an emergency situation.