California Senate Bill 483 would prohibit the use of prone restraint, whereby a student is physically and mechanically restrained in a face down position, in California schools. Current state legislation allows prone restraint to be used in schools by trained personnel, stipulating that school personnel must observe the student for “any sign of physical distress” and that the student’s hands cannot be restrained behind their back. Senate Bill 483 expands on the protection of current legislation by banning all uses of prone restraint.
Research shows that prone restraint is extremely dangerous and can lead to death. Therefore, it is imperative this bill be enacted to protect the students of California. Send an email to your state legislators now to let them know where you stand on this issue! Personalizing the message increases its impact.