Children Placed in Seclusion

A new law requires local school boards and other entities providing special education to children, when recording instances when seclusion or restraints are used on a child, to indicate whether the use of seclusion was in accordance with the child’s individualized education program or whether the use of seclusion or restraints was an emergency. It also requires, rather than allows, the State Board of Education (SBE) to review and summarize this information and provide the summaries to the Children’s Committee for inclusion in the children’s report card.

Please follow either of the links below to view a webpage related to this legislation. Once there, specific language of the Bill may be accessed by reviewing links found in the “Text of Bill” section of the webpage.

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sHB 5347, effective July 1, 2012