State Education Board Reviews New Restraint And Seclusion
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 17, 2006
TOPEKA, KANSAS--Kansas lawmakers have passed a new law which limits schools' ability to physically restrain students with disabilities and isolate them from their classmates.
The law reportedly limits the use of restraints and seclusion to those times when a child's behavior puts that child or others in danger. It also regulates the size of rooms where students can be secluded, and requires supervision for them at all times when they are placed in seclusion rooms.
Members of the Kansas State Board of Education reviewed the law last Tuesday to come up with proposed regulations to support the changes.
Rocky Nichols, executive director of the Disability Rights Center, said: "We have kids who have been sat on by gym teachers. Their arms have been duct-taped together as a form of restraint. They've been rolled up in gym mats. They've been placed in little boxes."
Kansas joins an increasing number of states that have developed rules to restrict the use of restraints on people with disabilities.
"State education board considers restraints for special ed students" (Lawrence Journal-World)
"Plan would limit restraining disruptive students" (Topeka Capital-Journal)