Updated: ISBE Issues Second Amended Emergency Rules for the Use of Time Out and Physical Restraint

  • Date Posted
    February 26, 2020
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The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued a second amendment to its Emergency Rules for the use of time out and physical restraint to allow schools to use isolated time out in limited circumstances. These changes follow last week’s approval by the ISBE Board of proposed Permanent Rules that would also allow the same limited use of isolated time out. The proposed Permanent Rules will not become law until the Illinois administrative rulemaking process plays out (illustrated below), so the Second Amended Emergency Rules give schools greater flexibility until that time.

The Special Education Committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA) collaborated with ISBE in December on a guidance and FAQ. It's now updated with the Second Amended Emergency Rules, and can be accessed at Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions: Emergency Regulations for the Use of Time Out, Isolated Time Out, and Physical Restraint. ISBE has also revised the reporting document, Physical Restraint and Time Out Form.