Iowa City: Seclusion rooms still being used despite promise to remove them

Nov 8, 2017, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, IA: Questions remain over future of seclusion rooms in Iowa City The Iowa City School District says they're expelling its seclusion rooms. The district's superintendent sent a letter to parents on Wednesday that says the rooms will be gone by next school year but I9 found out that is not true for all students. I9 asked the school district just weeks ago about its seclusion rooms and this is a shift even from then. At that time, the district said it was focused on recommendations from a district task force that the school board approved in June. That plan talks about reducing the use of seclusion rooms but not about phasing them out entirely. Now, it appears that has evolved. Superintendent Stephen Murley tells I9 the district is still using some seclusion rooms to isolate children having violent outbursts or mental break downs. … "The policy hasn't changed," said Murley. "We will use seclusion rooms as long as they are part of individual education plans that are developed with parents as part of our legal special education process."