Physical restraint of student; requires school principal or his designee to notify parents. (HB528)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; notification of physical restraint of student.  Requires the school principal or his designee to notify the parents of a student, including those with an Individual Education Plan, whenever action has been taken to physically restrain such student. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101102D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Education
01/26/2010Assigned Education sub: #2 Students and Daycare
01/28/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB528)
02/04/2010Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2011
02/08/2010Continued to 2011 in Education


Jack Ford writes:

No rights for parents, no rights for children. Bill has failed.

Susan Lawrence writes:

Hurray! How about a bill to train administrators on faculty and staff behaviors that create an atmosphere where restraint is not needed? Very, very dangerous to restrain someone. Hope this bill just fades away.

Jack Ford writes:

Um, Susan, this bill was requiring parents to be notified when their child is restrained in school, currently parents don't have to be told anything. Restraints are both dangerous and traumatic and parents should know when their child has been restrained, especially if the child is not able to tell their parent for some reason. The bill failed of course because the rights of kids and their parents aren't important apparently.

Susan Lawrence writes:

I agree notification is important, but also feared as this was written that restraint would receive a free pass as long as parents were notified. I could be wrong and it is certainly a mute point now, but my son was severely injured (fractured bones and teeth) repeatedly by unnecessary restraints and then almost injured again recently by well intentioned, but poorly trained public school staff and administration. Parents could have notification placed in IEP, but again, I guess it is all a mute point. Restraint is a weapon, not a tool and should be carefully regulated and avoided at all costs. Am sure it will all be back again next session.