On September 10, 2021, the Department issued a guidance document titled Reducing or Eliminating the Use of Time-Out Rooms During the 2021-2022 School Year to help schools and districts identify ways to reduce or eliminate the use of time-out rooms. Among other topics, this guidance document described the importance of schools and districts maximizing the amount of time students spend learning with their peers by adopting alternatives to use of time-out rooms. On June 25, 2022, DESE issued a Master Agreement to further assist schools and districts identify providers from a pre-qualified partner list that can assist them with adopting alternatives to the use of time-out rooms. The Master Agreement and associated documents for "Effective Behavioral Intervention Programs" can be found at 23MASESMN1 on COMMBUYS. Please share with your colleagues who may be interested in applying to become a pre-qualified partner with DESE.
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