In this edition of Fast Five on Friday, you will find articles on the following:
- Compromise on Restraint and Seclusion Regulation
- Updated CIITS Usage Maps and RTTT Performance Measures Report
- Congratulations to the GREEC Consortium on the RTTT District Award
- Follow-up from the December 10 Superintendents’ Webcast (Q & A and Poll Results from the Webcast Attached)
- Commissioner’s Blog on Use of Social Media
Fast Five on Friday
Compromise on Restraint and Seclusion Regulation - I am pleased to report that KDE has reached an agreement with KSBA, KASS and KASA regarding three suggested changes we proposed to satisfy the remaining concerns with the restraint and seclusion regulation. Those changes are:
- We will amend the regulation to permit physical restraint to be used in response to the imminent danger of physical harm, removing the word “serious” but replacing it with direct references to KRS Chapter 503.
- We will amend the regulation to permit physical restraint to be used to protect property, in accordance with the current provisions of property protection under KRS Chapter 503.
- We will amend the regulation’s language on physical restraint that is prohibited by a licensed medical professional. Instead, the regulation will state that physical restraint may not be used if it is contraindicated based on the student’s disability, health care needs, or medical or psychiatric condition.
The three amendments do not affect the overall integrity of the regulation, and because they reference existing statutes in the penal code, the changes do not represent a substantive change to the regulation. The groups have notified members of the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee (ARRS) that a compromise has been reached. We anticipate that due to this compromise, the regulation will likely pass through ARRS on Monday.
We appreciate everyone’s efforts in reaching this compromise and know that the amended regulation will help to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Updated CIITS Usage Maps and RTTT Performance Measures Report
– Periodically, I will be sharing updates to the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) usage maps as well as the Race to the Top (RTTT) Performance Measures Report. Please take time to check the updated maps and report for your school district. The updates can be found using the following link: http://education.ky.gov/districts/tech/ciits/Pages/CIITS-Metrics-and-Reports.aspx
Congratulations to the GREEC Consortium on the RTTT District Award – A hearty congratulations goes to the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative as the consortium leader for multiple districts as one of the winners of the Race to the Top District Competition. This four-year grant award will allow districts and schools across the state to transform the learning environment and focus on college and career readiness.
The consortium members to congratulate are Adair County Schools, Campbellsville Independent Schools, Carroll County Schools, Caverna Independent Schools, Cloverport Independent Schools, Daviess County Schools, Green County Schools, Hart County Schools, Henry County Schools, Logan County Schools, Metcalfe County Schools, Monroe County Schools, Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Owen County Schools, Owensboro Independent Schools, Russell County Schools, Shelby County Schools, Simpson County Schools, Spencer County Schools, Taylor County Schools, Trimble County Schools, Union County Schools, and West Point Independent Schools. KDE looks forward to collaborating with you on this important work.
Follow-up from the December 10 Superintendents’ Webcast
– As requested, KDE staff has done a written Question and Answer document from the questions that were posed during the December 10 superintendents’ webcast on delivery planning/ASSIST. The Q & A is attached
to this e-mail.
Additionally, the results of the interactive poll that was conducted during the webcast are attached
Commissioner’s Blog on Use of Social Media – My blog this week concerns my use of social media as the commissioner. You can access it at the following link: http://kyedcommissioner.blogspot.com/
If you have questions on any of the articles included in this edition of Fast Five, please contact me at the e-mail address or phone number found below.