WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) — The Iowa State Board of Education is making changes to when and how school districts can use seclusion and restraint rooms to discipline students.
Their existence alone has been a hot button issue for many parents and educators.
The board voted unanimously to adopt the new rules on Wednesday.
The change limits educators to using the seclusion and restraint rooms for students only as a last resort and when there is a threat of physical injury.
Educators will be required to notify parents of the use of seclusion and restraint rooms as soon as possible. The rooms are required to be at least 7×8 feet. In some cases, current seclusion rooms are as small as 6×6.
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