USOE – Updated: Least Restrictive Behavioral Interventions (LRBI)

September 29, 2015:  USOE has updated recommendations for Utah schools, Local Education Agencies (LEA) for behavior interventions.

Least Restrictive Behavioral Interventions (LRBI) Technical Assistance (TA) Manual

The LRBI Technical Assistance Manual has been revised to clearly reflect the following core principles:

■ All students can learn and achieve high standards if provided sufficient, appropriate opportunities to develop skills as a result of effective teaching.

■ Intervening at the earliest indication of both behavioral and academic needs is necessary for student success.

■ A comprehensive system of tiered interventions is essential for addressing the full range of student needs.

■ Student outcomes improve when ongoing behavioral and academic performance data inform instructional decisions.

■ All school personnel share responsibility for effective instructional practices and monitoring student progress.

■ Effective leadership at all levels is crucial for the maximum achievement of student outcomes.

Utah Educators Limit the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Disability Law Center (DLC), May 8, 2015, “Utah Educators Limit the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools”

On May 8th the Utah State Office of Education amended a state rule regarding school and district discipline plans. The revised rule prohibits restraint or seclusion of a student for disciplinary purposes. Under the rule, seclusion or restraint is only permissible if the student poses an immediate danger to him/herself or others. Even then, staff must be appropriately trained, follow certain procedures, and collect and report data regularly.