DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) – The State Board of Education is scheduled to decide Wednesday if it will consider changes concerning how schools handle secluding and restraining students.

A seclusion room in Pierce Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. (Josh Scheinblum/KCRG-TV9)

Under current Iowa law, schools are allowed to restrain students or confine them in seclusion rooms during violent outbursts. However, a 2017 I9 investigation found many districts abusing seclusion rooms and very few regulations in place on the practice.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the second time the State Board of Education has considered proposed changes to seclusion and restraint rules in schools. This past August the Board struck down proposed rules after superintendents complained they were not practical.

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