Education Committee Hears About Time-Out Room Use
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 19, 2004
LAWRENCE, KANSAS--The state's Legislative Educational Planning Committee heard from advocates this week who want policies adopted to clarify the use of time-out or seclusion rooms in Kansas schools.
"Oddly enough, seclusion and restraint is more closely monitored and regulated in our state psychiatric institutions than in Kansas schools," said Rocky Nichols, executive director of Kansas Advocacy and Protection Services, on Monday.
Nichols said his concerns are not so much with individual schools that place special education students in such rooms. Instead he is worried about the lack of guidelines that inform schools, teachers, students, and parents as to when the rooms can and cannot be used.
"Unfortunately, seclusion and restraint occurs in Kansas schools every day," said Nichols. "KAPS' position is that if you treat students like animals that they will behave like animals."
Representatives from schools and school boards defended the use of time-out rooms, explaining that they are needed at times to keep students safe.
The Committee will decide whether to recommend changes to seclusion room guidelines to the upcoming Legislative session, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
"Committee considers special-ed guidelines" (Lawrence Journal-World)
Photo of seclusion room shown to Legislative Educational Planning Committee
"School Accused Of Placing Boy In Wooden Box" (Inclusion Daily Express -- October 5, 2004)