JCPS Board approves new crisis intervention
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - This school year, a new type of crisis intervention will be used at several Jefferson County Public Schools.
Tuesday night, the school board approved the contract to provide training of Ukeru, called the "least resistance" approach to crisis intervention training. Sixty people will be trained and four will be trained to teach others.
Ukeru provides tools and strategies to use with students before resorting to restraint and seclusion techniques. Its philosophy is to use a comfort versus control approach. It claims that it can dramatically decrease the number of restraints utilized.
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Some of its' beliefs: It is better to avoid a violent act than to block it. It is better to block with a soft protective object than with a body part.
JCPS will test the program out this school year at four schools: Waller, Binet, Western Day Treatment and Kenwood. Data will be kept throughout the year.
WAVE 3 News recently reported on the number of restraints used. According to JCPS, 4,134 restraints were used in the 2015-2016 school year on 1,075 children. That led to 69 injuries.
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The issue of restraints has been reviewed extensively since the 2014 case involving former Binet student Brennan Long. He was 16 years old when a teacher's assistant reportedly put him in a cradle assist restraint. Brennan, who has autism, ended up in the intensive care unit with two broken femurs. The family settled with JCPS for $1.75 million.
The Binet School educates children with learning disabilities.
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