And by the by, you will be happy to know (or not) that as it turns out that Windsor-school-storage-room-turned-time-out-room is not a part of any student's IPP at the school.
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The story of the 8-year-old boy placed in a "time out" room by the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board (AVRSB) raises more questions than it answers.
Or, perhaps, less questions, than issues.
At least, Dylan Gale's mother apparently knew that he could be placed in such a room, even if she had a different understanding of what type of room it might me. As in a classroom as opposed to a storage closet. So, what's next? The janitor's closet, perhaps?
Forgive my cynicism, but I have heard more than a few stories about so-called "time out" rooms over the past few years. And the fact that the Nova Scotia Department of Education tells us that they have guidelines in place, "adopted by the Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training from a New Brunswick document", somehow fails to warm my heart.
The only document I could find online is entitled "Time Out Guidelines For New Brunswick Schools", dated November, 2002. I suspect this, or one very similar, is the document referred to in the Chronicle Herald.
So-called "physical considerations" for the use of such rooms include:
Having prior approval of the Facilities Branch Manager of the Department of Education
Meeting Fire Marshall standards (consult the Assistant Fire Marshall in your geographic region)
Not being locked from either the outside or the inside Be supervised at all times
Not containing items or fixtures that may be harmful to students
Being well ventilated, clean and well lit
Being conducive to self quieting behaviours and not overly stimulating or busy
Allowing students to exit should there be an emergency
Providing the means by which adults can monitor the student, both visually and auditorily, at all times.
But here's thing. It's one thing to say that such rooms must be "supervised at all times, well-ventilated, clean and well-lit", for example. It's another to hear horror stories as to how such rooms are, at least on occasion, being used. Both from around the Province and elsewhere.