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Emergency Safety Interventions

Parent Information

An emergency safety intervention (ESI) is the use of seclusion or physical restraint. If an emergency safety intervention occurs, parents are strongly encouraged to schedule a meeting to: 1) discuss the incident and 2) discuss prevention of future use of emergency safety interventions.  The district contact listed below is available to assist in scheduling this meeting. This meeting will be scheduled no later than ten (10) school days from when the parent makes the request unless the parent cannot meet within that time frame. 

Mr. Fred Van Ranken
Superintendent of Schools

The board of education encourages parents to attempt to resolve issues relating to the use of ESI informally with the building principal and/or the superintendent before filing a formal complaint with the board. In the event that the complaint is resolved informally, the administrator must provide a written report of the informal resolution to the superintendent and the parents and retain a copy of the report at the school. The superintendent will share the informal resolution with the board of education and provide a copy to the state department of education.

If the issues are not resolved informally with the building principal and/or the superintendent, the parents may submit a formal written complaint to the board of education by providing a copy of the complaint to the clerk of the board and the superintendent within thirty (30) days after the parent is informed of the ESI.

Upon receipt of a formal written complaint, the board president shall assign an investigator to review the complaint and report findings to the board as a whole. Such investigator may be a board member, a school administrator selected by the board, or a board attorney. Such investigator shall be informed of the obligation to maintain confidentiality of student records and shall report the findings and recommended action to the board in executive session.

Any such investigation must be completed within thirty (30) days of receipt of the formal written complaint by the board clerk and superintendent. On or before the 30th day after receipt of the written complaint, the board shall adopt written findings of fact and, if necessary, appropriate corrective action. A copy of the written findings of fact and any corrective action adopted by the board shall only be provided to the parents, the school, and the state department of education. Once such a procedure has been developed, a parent may file a complaint under the state board of education complaint process within thirty (30) days from the date a final decision is issued pursuant to the local dispute resolution process.

Refer to K.A.R. 91-42-5 for complete information. The following provides a summary of the regulations regarding an administrative review initiated with the Kansas State Board of Education (State Board).

  • If a parent believes an emergency safety intervention was used in violation of K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 72‐89d01 through -89d09 or K.A.R. 91-42-1 through -7 and the parent filed a written complaint with their local board of education, then this parent may request an administrative review of the local board’s decision from the State Board.
    • The request for administrative review must include the following information: 
      • Name of the student and contact information;
      • Names and contact information for all involved parties (teachers, aides, administrators, and district staff), to the extent known;
      • A detailed statement of the reason for requesting an administrative review;
      • Any supporting facts and documentation; and
      • A copy of the complaint filed with the local board, the local board’s final decision (if issued).
      • The written request for administrative review must be typed or legibly written and signed by the parent.
      • Relevant documents must be attached or, if unavailable, the documents must be referenced in the request for administrative review.
      • Written consent to disclose any personally identifiable information from the student’s education records necessary to conduct an investigation
  • The request for administrative review must be filed with the Commissioner of Education within 30 days of the local board issuing its final decision OR within 60 days from the date the parent filed a complaint with the local board, if the local board did not issue a final decision. You may mail this request to the Kansas State Department of Education, Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Office of General Counsel, Room 102, Topeka, Kansas 66612. KSDE has provided a form for you to use, if you wish, and you can find it on the Emergency Safety Interventions page of the KSDE website,
  • A Hearing Officer will be designated by the State Board. The Hearing Officer must send a copy of the request for administrative review to the local board.
  • The Hearing Officer will consider the local board’s final decision and may initiate an investigation that could include:
    • A discussion with the parent, during which additional information may be gathered;
    • Contact with the local board or other district staff to allow the local board to respond to the request with information supporting its final decision; and
    • An on-site investigation by Kansas State Department of Education staff.
  • If new information is discovered that was not made available to both the parent and the local board during the dispute resolution process, the Hearing Officer may send the issue back to the local board.
    • If sent back to the local board, the Hearing Officer’s case will be closed and the local board has 30 days to issue a written amended final decision.
    •  If the parent feels the local board’s amended final decision does not adequately address the issue, the parent may file a new request for administrative review with the commissioner by following the above process for requesting administrative review. This must be done within 30 days of the local board issuing its amended final decision. If the local board does not issue an amended final decision within 30 days, then the parent has 30 days from the date the Hearing Officer sent the issue back to the local board to file a request for administrative review with the commissioner.
  • Within 60 days of receiving the request for administrative review, the Hearing Officer will, in writing, inform the parents, school administrator, district superintendent, local board clerk, and the state board of the results of the review. This time frame may be extended for good cause upon approval of the commissioner.
  • The results of the administrative review will contain findings of fact, conclusions of law, and any suggested corrective actions. The Hearing Officer’s determination will include one of the following:
    • The local board appropriately resolved the complaint.
    • The local board should re-evaluate the complaint with suggested findings of fact.
    • The Hearing Officer’s suggested corrective active is necessary to ensure that local board policies meet legal requirements.

General Emergency Safety Intervention Information:

Emergency Safety Intervention Questions:
Laura Jurgensen
Kansas State Department of Education

Parent Training and Information Center:
Families Together

Protection and Advocacy System:
Disability Rights Center of Kansas
877-776-1541 or 785-273-9661