|Action||Promulgating new regulation governing seclusion & restraint in public elementary & secondary schools|
|Comment Period||Ends 4/19/2019|
My child hasn't attended a public school in a long time; I pulled him out to homeschool due to restraint and seclusion issues. He has now graduated. He was in school when the policy was beginning to be challenged; and it is hard for me to see that it takes so long to get a stronger policy in place for restraint and seclusion. In that time, I can't imagine how many kids have been injured, restrained, etc. I have seen these practices used improperly and students sent to seclusion for the smallest of things like not picking up a pencil they dropped and then escalate their disability. Alot of children with autism have sensory issues and do not like to be touched they also have abnormal seizures; that when restrained / secluded it does not help but escalates the problem more. There are schools who are doing well without restraint/ seclusion. I now a young family member with autism and I hope one day he will not have to go through what my son did in public schools. I support a stronger policy and better training for staff in working with special needs students.