Guidance from U.S. Department of Education on Physical Restraint and Seclusion

Guidance from U.S. Department of Education on Physical Restraint and Seclusion

Student Engagement
U.S. Department of Education Issues Resources Document that Discourages Restraint and Seclusion
  • 05/15/2012 10:07 AM EDT. The U.S. Department of Education issued a publication that outlines principles for educators, parents, and other stakeholders to consider when developing or refining policies and procedures to support positive behavioral interventions and to avoid restraint and seclusion procedures.
  • The press release for the document is available here.
  • View the document or the full pdf.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan July 31, 2009 letter
  • Calls on states and schools to develop and clarify physical restraint and seclusion policies.
  • Find it here.
Letter to Colleagues December 28, 2016: Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities
  • Explains how the use of restraint and seclusion may be a violation of a student's rights under Section 504.┬áNotes that students with disabilities represent 67 percent of those who were restrained and secluded during the 2013-14 school year, while making up only 12 percent of the student population.
  • Find it here.