IL Board of Education Approves New Rules on Seclusion, Restraint in Schools

IL Board of Education Approves New Rules on Seclusion, Restraint in Schools

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the state’s most restrictive permanent rules, banning the use of locked seclusion rooms and prohibiting schools from using prone restraint.

The new rules specify that seclusion may not be used “as discipline or punishment, convenience for staff, retaliation, a substitute for appropriate educational or behavioral support, a routine safety matter, or to prevent property damage.”

The vote follows a Chicago Tribune and ProPublica Illinois investigation in November, which revealed extensive misuse of isolated timeout and restraint in Illinois schools.

The new rules additionally ban locks on rooms and employees from holding the doors shut.

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