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Janesville, WI: Study shows seclusion and restraint is used everywhere in area

Dec 16, 2017, Janesville (WI) Gazette: Seclusion, restraint are tools to keep students and teachers safe, school officials say http://www.gazettextra.com/20171216/seclusion_restraint_are_tools_to_keep_students_and_teachers_safe_school_officials_say A Gazette review of area school districts showed Milton had among the most seclusion and restraint incidents over the last three years. Only Elkhorn and Janesville had more. Milton's policy came under scrutiny after one mother called the school district's treatment of her son “heinous” in a Nov. 28 incident at Milton West. … Most, but not all, incidents that require seclusion or restraint involve special education students or those with emotional or behavioral issues. If students are physically harming themselves, classmates or a teacher and normal strategies to de-escalate the situation are ineffective, teachers can seclude or restrain the child until he or she calms down, Milton Student Services Director Susan Probst said.... Seclusion could also mean having other kids leave the classroom and wait in the hallway until the student regains self-control, he said. Probst said keeping the emotional student inside the classroom ensures the rest of the school building will not be disrupted. … USED IN ALL DISTRICTS Records from school districts across The Gazette's coverage area show seclusion and restraint is used everywhere. Probst suspected many districts had similar procedures to Milton because most use Neola, an educational consulting company, to develop these policies. …