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MIDDLETOWN Schools superintendent Michael Frechette has directed administrators in all district schools to stop using time out rooms for students who do not have IEPs, or individualized education programs, or 504 plans, which are plans for students who have disabilities though do not require specialized instruction.
A new suite area on the second floor of the building will be modified for use as a safe area by students with IEPs or 504 plans, if necessary, for Mbt Shoes Sale Amazon their safety and the safety of other students or staff, Frechette said.
conference, said the closing of the rooms is a "step in the right direction."
State Sen. Len Suzio, who formerly served on the Meriden Board of Education, noticed that testimony and claims made by parents and others at Thursday's PTA meeting was sometimes contradictory.
Administrators at Farm Hill have denied the allegations of children injuring themselves and that staff neglected children, saying that rules concerning use of the rooms have been followed.
Frechette and Board of Education Chairman Gene Nocera did not elaborate on the reason for the decision, though parents attending a joint school board Farm Hill Elementary School PTA meeting Thursday night expressed anger, shock and dismay after learning of the rooms.
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a positive first step by the school board and administrators to make sure the schools have a safe and secure environment," he said.
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"It will take some time for the kids to be comfortable again," she said.
Most parents were unaware that the rooms even existed until a letter by Farm Hill PTA president Apryl Dudley was shared with the press last week, claiming that the rooms are called "scream rooms" since children say they can hear screams of other children having tantrums in the rooms. Some children also injure themselves while in the rooms, Dudley said, in addition to bringing up other allegations of neglect or abuse at the school.
Dudley also said the closing of the rooms is a positive move, saying her children have nightmares on a nightly basis.
contradictions during the public testimony," he said. "I think we need to separate fact from fiction and get at the real story."
"I wanted to make clear that I have directed all administrative staff in the district to cease, immediately, using time out rooms for students who do not have specialized, legally created IEPs or 504 plans," Frechette said of the rooms students and parents have been referring to as "scream rooms."
Frechette announced the decision at a brief press conference Friday afternoon. He also said he wanted to emphasize that the rooms have been used for a "very small, specialized population with behavioral emotional or other support needs."
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