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Opportunity for Public Input Development of Regulations on the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Virginia Public Schools

Stakeholder Roundtable Sessions
Sep 29, 2016

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Division of Special Education and Student Services announces Stakeholder Roundtable Sessions: Opportunity for Public Input Development of Regulations on the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Virginia Public Schools

The Virginia Department of Education will conduct three (3) stakeholder roundtable sessions regarding the development regulations governing the use of restraint and seclusion in Virginia public schools at the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Brooke Point High School Auditorium, 1700 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lord Botetourt High School Auditorium, 1435 Roanoke Road, Daleville, VA 24083

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Hampton City School Board Office, 1st floor Veteran’s Conference Room, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669

Each roundtable session will include invited stakeholders representing various constituencies, including parents, educators, and special interest groups.

Mr. John Eisenberg will moderate the sessions, which will include an opportunity for public input following the stakeholder roundtable discussion.  We anticipate that each session will span approximately two and a half to three hour(s), inclusive of public input. The total time allotted to public input will generally be limited to thirty (30) minutes. Individuals seeking to provide input will be allotted three (3) minutes each. 

Those wishing to provide input should contact the Department of Education at 804-225-2013. Normally, speakers will be scheduled in the order that their requests are received until the entire allotted time slot has been used. Where issues involving a variety of views are presented, the Department reserves the right to allocate the time available so as to ensure the presentation of different points of view on any particular issue.

Individuals wishing to provide input are urged to contact the Department of Education in advance of the session. Because of time limitations, those persons who have not previously registered to speak prior to the day of the roundtable session cannot be assured that they will have an opportunity to speak.

To make the limited time available most effective, speakers are urged to provide multiple written copies of their input or other material amplifying their views.

The VDOE invites you to join one of the roundtable sessions listed below as a stakeholder participant.  You may elect to send someone from your organization or constituency to participate in your place.  You or your designee would join a group of approximately 12 to 15 stakeholders to discuss the initial draft regulations addressing restraint and seclusion.

If you are unable to participate in a stakeholder discussion, please consider attending a session to provide public input.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments for the public comment file may do so by mail, email or fax to:

Patricia Haymes, Director, Office of Dispute Resolution and Administrative Services, Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia, 23218-2120;

EMAIL: / FAX: 804-786-8520

So that we may ensure the broadest possible participation by a variety of stakeholders, we ask that you RSVP to, identifying the particular session you wish to attend as a stakeholder, before the session.

We also ask that you share the attached notice of these sessions with your constituency and other parties.

The draft regulations are available on the Virginia Board of Education Web site at

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