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YUHSD Student Services provides additional training for 48 paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals training for proper lifting techniqueYuma Union High School District’s Student Services Department conducted a training for 48 paraprofessionals with the Physical Therapist Robin Harrison, Monday, Sept. 22 at the YUHSD district office. 

“We want to make sure our students are safe and our paras are safe,” YUHSD Executive Director of Student Services Suman Pangasa said. “We had 48 paras attend. Many asked questions and a few even volunteered to help demonstrate the techniques.”

The training covered areas such as lifting students to and from a wheelchair, transfers on and off a changing table, proper use of back braces for paraprofessionals, and proper use of lift belts for students.

YUHSD employs more than 50 paraprofessionals at schools across the district. The job provides support to the supervisory teacher and the instructional program within an assigned classroom with specific responsibility for assisting in the supervision, care and instruction of special needs students; assisting in implementing plans for instruction; monitoring student behavior; providing information to appropriate school personnel; and assisting medically fragile students with personal care such as toileting, diapering, wheelchair transferring, etc.

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org