Commission on Seclusion & Restraint In Schools

Posted: Tue, 09/24/2013 - 10:39am Updated: Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:18am

Commission on Seclusion & Restraint in Schools November 19, 2014 Business Meeting

The Commission on Seclusion and Restraint in Schools was created by the 2013 Indiana General Assembly. It is a nine member commission made up of parents, representatives of public and nonpublic schools, student and educator advocacy organizations and staff from the Indiana Department of Education. The Commission was assembled to draft rules regarding the limited use of either seclusion or restraint by public, charter and accredited nonpublic schools. In addition, the Commission was charged with creating a model plan to aid schools in the creation of school specific plans.

On August 1, 2013, the Commission posted on the Department of Education''s website a "Model Restraint & Seclusion Plan." This plan is a model only and schools are free to adopt their own plans as they see fit.

However, by July 1, 2014, each public, charter or accredited nonpublic school must adopt a restraint and seclusion plan. Any plan that a public, charter or accredited nonpublic school adopts must contain, at a minimum, the elements listed in Indiana Code 20-20-40-13(a)(2). It is also the Commission''s intention to follow up the Model Plan with a user-friendly template that may guide schools in the adoption of a restraint and seclusion plan.

The Commission will begin the rule-making process to adopt specific rules with regards to the limited use or non-use of either restraint or seclusion of students. The public will be invited to make comments about the proposed rules during the rule-making process.

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