ISBE Emergency Rules on Time-outs and Physical Restraints

ISBE EMERGENCY RULES AND RELATED DIRECTIVES

As you are no doubt aware, an article published by the Chicago Tribune earlier this week has resulted in grave concerns about the use of isolated time-out and physical restraint of students in schools across Illinois.  In response, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has published emergency rules and related directives to school districts and special education cooperatives in order to ensure student safety and the termination of inappropriate time out and physical restraint practices.  ECB&S understands the public and ISBE concerns but also understands that there are instances when the use of these behavior management techniques may be therapeutically necessary to ensure student safety.

To support our school district and special education cooperative clients in their implementation of the ISBE emergency rules, which are effective as of November 20, 2019, we offer the preliminary guidance below on how to move forward at this time.  We anticipate that more media articles and more legislation may follow and will keep you updated as that occurs.

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