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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 8. Education
Agency 20. State Board of Education
Chapter 671. Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities

8VAC20-671-640. Time-out.

Policies and procedures shall be written that govern the conditions under which a student may self-select or be placed in time-out and the maximum length of time a student may be in time-out. The conditions for time-out and length of time a student may be in time-out shall be based on the student's chronological and developmental levels. The school's policy and procedures shall include:

1. Each student is entitled to be completely free from any unnecessary use of time-out.

2. A door to a time-out room shall not be locked nor secured in a manner that prevents the student from opening it.

3. A student in time-out shall be able to communicate with staff.

4. Staff shall check on the student at least every 15 minutes and more often depending on the nature of the student's disability, condition, or behavior.

5. The use of time-out and staff checks on the student shall be documented.

6. Staff shall review procedures when a student consistently chooses to stay in time-out beyond the determined time limit to determine that it has not become reinforcement.

Statutory Authority

§§ 22.1-16 and 22.1-321 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 31, Issue 24, eff. August 26, 2015.

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