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Restraint & Seclusion in Schools

February 9, 2021
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WRITTEN BY Brittany Whitley, Jill Barnas

There is no federal or Missouri law explicitly regulating the use of seclusion and/or restraint as a behavioral intervention in schools.

The United States Department of Education recommends that seclusion and restraint are used rarely and only during crisis/emergency situations. The inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint is associated with negative health and behavioral outcomes and disproportionately impacts students with disabilities and students of color.

HB 387 would prohibit all publicly funded schools from using restraint and seclusion for any purpose other than situations or conditions of imminent danger or physical harm. It also establishes reporting requirements for instances when seclusion or restraint is used.

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