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Separation from the Group

No child may be separated from the group unless the following has occurred:

Prior to being removed from the group classroom teachers must:

  • Attempt less intrusive methods of guiding children’s behavior and been ineffective.
  • The child’s behavior threatens the well being of the child or other children in the program.

A child who requires separation from the group must:

  • Remain within an unenclosed part of the classroom where the child can be continuously seen and heard by a program staff person.
  • The child’s return to the group must be contingent o the child’s stopping or bringing under control the behavior that precipitated the separation
  • The child must be returned to the group as soon as the behavior that precipitated the separation abates or stops.

Children between six weeks and 16 months are not separated from the group as a means of behavior guidance.


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