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ISBE, ICSA offer Guidance Document on Time Out and Physical Restraint Interventions

  • Date Posted
    January 15, 2020
  • Category
    News
The Special Education Committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) have published “Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions: Emergency Regulations for the Use of Time Out and Physical Restraint.”

The introduction states, “Despite supports, problem behaviors can still occur, and the response of a teacher or an administrator to behavior that has the potential to threaten the well-being of a student or an adult is of paramount importance. Physical restraints and time outs are interventions of the last resort and must be applied judiciously in the rarest of situations.”

The document includes definitions, support frameworks, FAQs on time-out and physical restraints, required policy, other questions, and federal and state references and resources.

The attention to the topic ensues from a series of articles by the Chicago Tribune and Pro Publica Illinois. The first of these, “The Quiet Rooms” by Jennifer Smith Richards, Jodi S. Cohen, and Lakeidra Chavis, was published in November 2019. It provoked an immediate response from state officials, including an emergency order to stop using isolated timeouts in public schools. Bills have since been introduced in the Illinois legislature that would make the use of seclusion in schools illegal.

Click here to read “Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions: Emergency Regulations for the Use of Time Out and Physical Restraint.”