School Climate & Safety

Restraint, Seclusion Data to Be Shared

By Nirvi Shah — June 07, 2011 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Although federal legislation governing student restraint and seclusion remains elusive, the U.S. Department of Education is for the first time sharing information on using those methods intended to calm students and keep them from harming themselves or someone else.

The department’s office of special education programs has been working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for about two years on a paper about those controversial methods, Alexa Posny, the assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services, said in May.

While the document expected to be available this fall won’t be official guidance from the Education Department, Ms. Posny said the paper will describe the principles that school staff members should consider when using restraints and seclusion, which are typically used with students with disabilities.

In the fall, the Education Department also will share school- and district-level data about restraint and seclusion—information that hasn’t been available until now.

Since 2009, schools and districts have been required to report, through the Civil Rights Data Collection, information about the number of students physically restrained, mechanically restrained, and secluded.

The use of restraints and seclusion has been under scrutiny for several years. A 2009 Government Accountability Office report found incidents in which students were severely injured or even died as a result of being restrained or secluded.

Following that report, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan sent a letter to chief state school officers encouraging them to review their current policies and guidelines about restraint and seclusion techniques and, if appropriate, revise them to ensure students’ safety.

In April, a bill was introduced in U.S. House of Representatives that would, among other provisions, limit physical restraint and locked seclusion, allowing their use only in cases in which the student or someone else was in imminent danger of injury, and only when employed by trained staff members.

A version of this article appeared in the June 08, 2011 edition of Education Week as Restraint, Seclusion Data to Be Shared

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
Your Questions on the Science of Reading, Answered
Dive into the Science of Reading with K-12 leaders. Discover strategies, policy insights, and more in our webinar.
Content provided by Otus
Mathematics Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Breaking the Cycle: How Districts are Turning around Dismal Math Scores
Math myth: Students just aren't good at it? Join us & learn how districts are boosting math scores.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Achievement Webinar
How To Tackle The Biggest Hurdles To Effective Tutoring
Learn how districts overcome the three biggest challenges to implementing high-impact tutoring with fidelity: time, talent, and funding.
Content provided by Saga Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School Climate & Safety Michigan School Shooter's Parents Sentenced to at Least 10 Years in Prison
They are the first parents convicted for failures to prevent a school shooting.
3 min read
Jennifer Crumbley stares at her husband James Crumbley during sentencing at Oakland County Circuit Court on April 9, 2024, in Pontiac, Mich. Jennifer and James Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, are asking a judge to keep them out of prison as they face sentencing for their role in an attack that killed four students in 2021.
Jennifer Crumbley stares at her husband James Crumbley during sentencing at Oakland County Circuit Court on April 9, 2024, in Pontiac, Mich. The parents of Ethan Crumbley, who killed four students at his Michigan high school in 2021, asked a judge to keep them out of prison.
Clarence Tabb Jr./Detroit News via AP
School Climate & Safety Civil Rights Groups Seek Federal Funding Ban on AI-Powered Surveillance Tools
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Education, the coalition argued these tools could violate students' civil rights.
4 min read
Illustration of human silhouette and facial recognition.
DigitalVision Vectors / Getty
School Climate & Safety Want to Tackle Attendance Apathy? Students Will Show You How
There’s no one-shot solution to chronic absenteeism, but listening to students is a good way to begin.
5 min read
Photo of teenage boy outside of school.
iStock / Getty Images Plus
School Climate & Safety Opinion What Do Restorative Practices Look Like in Schools?
Such practices teach students how to resolve disputes amicably, own their actions, and be empathetic and forgiving.
9 min read
Images shows colorful speech bubbles that say "Q," "&," and "A."
iStock/Getty