Senate Introduces Bill Limiting Restraints, Seclusion
[Source: Education Week]
A U.S. Senate bill filed late last week would limit physical restraint and locked seclusion of students—measures often used with students with disabilities who are considered out of control, harmful to themselves or others, or in need of being calmed.
Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s “Keeping All Students Safe Act,” is similar to a bill filed by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., in April. The U.S. House has previously passed the bill, but it wasn’t taken up by the Senate. However Rep. Miller’s bill has bipartisan support. Sen. Harkin’s bill has no cosponsors, at least not yet.
Among other things, the bill would: ban the use of physical restraints except in emergency situations; prohibit physical restraints that affect a student’s primary means of communication; forbid putting seclusion or restraint into a student’s individualized education program or IE; require states to collect data on the use of the measures, and ask schools to meet with parents and staff after a restraint is used and plan interventions that would prevent their use in the future.
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