2019 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 6 - Elementary and Secondary Education
Part 41 - School Discipline Act
§ 49-6-4109. Trauma-informed discipline policy.

Universal Citation: TN Code § 49-6-4109 (2019)
  • (a) As a strategy to address adverse childhood experiences, as defined in § 49-1-230, each LEA and public charter school shall adopt a trauma-informed discipline policy. Each trauma-informed discipline policy must:

    • (1) Balance accountability with an understanding of traumatic behavior;

    • (2) Teach school and classroom rules while reinforcing that violent or abusive behavior is not allowed at school;

    • (3) Minimize disruptions to education with an emphasis on positive behavioral supports and behavioral intervention plans;

    • (4) Create consistent rules and consequences; and

    • (5) Model respectful, nonviolent relationships.

  • (b) The department of education shall develop guidance on trauma-informed discipline practices that LEAs must use to develop the policy required under subsection (a).

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