Ohio schools now have a set of guidelines to follow when it comes to their use of seclusion rooms and restraints.
The state Board of Education passed a policy regulating seclusion and restraint at their board meeting today by a 12-4 vote.
Seclusion rooms are small rooms used to isolate students. Restraints are when a student is held down in some way.
They’re supposed to be reserved for students who pose a physical threat.
The policy has been in the works for several years.
The policy says schools should notify parents if their children are secluded or restrained, and schools should note the event in a child’s file.
The Department of Education can request that data, but it won’t be public.
Charter schools are exempt from the entire policy.
The policy is non-binding, though the Board will consider a set of regulations in the spring that schools would have to follow.
You can read the entire policy below.