Nov 22, 2017, Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette: Cedar Rapids school seclusion complaint under investigation http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/education/k-12-education/cedar-rapids-school-seclusion-complaint-under-investigation-20171122 The Iowa Department of Education is investigating a complaint against the Cedar Rapids Community School District for inappropriately secluding a Pierce Elementary third-grader last spring. The complaint filed Tuesday by Coralville attorney Mary Richard also says the Cedar Rapids Community School District did not report its seclusion statistics to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and she said the district has seen rising numbers of students secluded or restrained. “We’ve received one state complaint involving the Cedar Rapids Community School District and we are investigating it,” Education Department Spokeswoman Staci Hupp confirmed Wednesday.... In July, The Gazette reported about a 9-year-old Pierce Elementary student who was held in an unauthorized seclusion room when she could not stop crying. The Pierce Elementary incident last spring prompted the district to form a task force to study how staff restrains and secludes agitated students and increase training for staff. District Spokeswoman Akwi Nji told The Gazette earlier this month the district has done new de-escalation training with all teachers. The task force is expected to present its findings in February, Nji said.