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Student Neglect at Fairbanks Schools
June 8, 2016
Fairbanks, AK – The Disability Law Center (DLC) initiated an abuse and neglect investigation following a complaint alleging a six year old student who experiences Autism was frequently and inappropriately being restrained and placed in seclusion. The school where this allegedly took place is the Denali Elementary School, which is part of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD). In response to the use of restraint and seclusion at Denali Elementary, the student’s parent transferred him to Woodriver Elementary School. Shortly after the transfer took place, DLC received a complaint alleging the same student was being inappropriately restrained and placed in seclusion at his new school, Woodriver Elementary. Through its investigation, DLC was able to substantiate the allegations and made a finding that neglect had occurred, largely because of problems with assessments, data collection and the development of appropriate interventions; the lack of an internal review process; and the District’s failure to follow State guidelines. The following report details DLC’s investigation, findings and recommendations. Click here to see the full report. Exhibit A. Exhibit B.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, through its counsel, responded to DLC’s report and disputed DLC’s findings. Click here to see FNSBSD’s response. DLC replied to the District’s response. Click here to see DLC’s reply.