Commission on Seclusion & Restraint In Schools

Posted: Tue, 09/24/2013 - 10:39am Updated: Wed, 05/14/2014 - 10:18am

Commission on Seclusion & Restraint in Schools May 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.

Notice of Public Hearings: Commission on Seclusion & Restraint in Schools
Three public hearings will be held by the Commission on Seclusion & Restraint in Schools in order to receive public comments on the proposed rules related to the use of seclusion or restraint in schools. One hearing will be streamed live for those who are unable to attend in person. The locations and times of the public hearings can be found below.

April 21, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern time)
Indiana Department of Education
Riley Conference Room
115 West Washington Street
South Tower, Suite 600
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
LIVE WEBCAST CLICK HERE (Link may not be active until 1 p.m.)

April 23, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
Howard Room, Red Bank Branch
120 South Red Bank Road
Evansville, Indiana 47712

April 24, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. (Central Time)
Chesterton High School
2125 South 11th Street
Chesterton, Indiana 46304

For a copy of the Commission’s proposed rules, click Proposed Rule, LSA Document #13-408. For a copy of the Notice of Public Hearing filed with the Indiana Register, click Notice of Public Hearing LSA Document #13-408.

Pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act, any individual interested in attending or participating in the hearing should contact John Barnes, Indiana Department of Education Room 229, State House Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 232-0576 jbarnes@doe.in.gov and advise what, if any, accommodation is needed to participate in the hearing.