State Education Department Approves New Restraint, Seclusion Room Policy


UPDATED: Tuesday January 15, 2013 3:42 PM

The Ohio State Board of Education has approved a new policy for the use of restraint and seclusion rooms in schools.

The board voted 12-4 to approve the new policies on Tuesday.

The 11-page policy says that "every effort should be made to prevent the need for the use of restraint and for the use of seclusion."

The policy states that schools that use physical restraint or seclusion practices must have a written positive behavior support plan pre-established emergency procedures, specified training, and data collection for the implementation of behavior interventions.

The policy outlines the different types of restraint and seclusion interventions that are allowed and which ones are prohibited.

The Ohio Department of Education said the unregulated use of restraints and seclusion rooms had been a concern for years.

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