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Illinois restricts how students are secluded and restrained

February 20, 2020

The Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt permanent rules that ban the use of locked seclusion rooms and prohibit schools from using prone restraint, a move that restricts the state’s rules more than ever.

The new rules approved on Tuesday specify instances in which seclusion is prohibited, contrary to the previous rules which allowed seclusion only for “safety” reasons. Now, seclusion cannot 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.”

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