SB 445 Prohibits school district employees, volunteers, and independent contractors from placing a student receiving special education services into seclusion
Sponsor: Rupp
LR Number: 2109S.01I Fiscal Note:
Committee: Education
Last Action: 2/26/2009 - Second Read and Referred S Education Committee Journal Page: S424
Title: Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2009

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SB 445 – This act prohibits school district employees, volunteers, and independent contractors from placing a student receiving special education services into seclusion, which is defined as confinement in a locked box, locked closet, or locked room as a behavior management technique or discipline management practice. Exceptions to the prohibition on seclusion include a court-ordered placement, situations that fall under the federal Children's Health Act of 2000, and when a student has a weapon and confinement is necessary to prevent bodily harm.

This act is similar to a provision contained in HCS#2/SS/SB 291 (2009) and SCS/HCS/HB 96 (2009).

MICHAEL RUFF