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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 1:25 PM 

Senate approves new rules for restraint, seclusion in schools

The state Senate today approved via voice vote legislation to establish new standards for the use of physical restraint and seclusion in Wisconsin schols.

Sen. Luther Olsen praised the legislation and the various groups that came together to work on it.

He said sometimes restraint and seclusion are needed.

"But we need to do it right so we can protect the studtns and the adults who work with them," said Olsen, R-Ripon.

The legislation would allow seclusion and physica restraints to be used on students on if certain conditions were met, including the pupil's behavior presenting a clear and immediate risk to the student and others and the degree of force or seclusion used is only what's necessary to resolve the risk.

It also would prohibit certain techniques from being used such as pressure on the student's chest, neck or throat.

"It does protect students, it does protect the staff and it makes sure parents know what's going on at school," said Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point


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