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N. Andover, MA: "Relaxation/chill rooms" or "isolation/separation rooms" used in schools

Dec 16, 2017, North Andover (MA) Eagle Tribune: 'Quiet room' debate: Calm vs. isolation—Experts, parents argue use of school time-out areas http://www.eagletribune.com/news/merrimack_valley/quiet-room-debate-calm-vs-isolation/article_7919d785-0da1-534e-aaeb-a6cba936ca27.html Controversy over the use of the time-out room at the Arlington Community Day elementary school arose last weekend, when the mother of a first-grader posted a photo of the room on her Facebook page under the heading: “SHUT THIS ROOM DOWN." The women, Ashley Martinez, said her daughter, Juliana, has spent at least 10 sessions in the room over the last year. The photo of the chair and the dingy cement room circulated widely in the press and on social media, blemishing the image of a school district still struggling to get out from under state receivership. It also reopened the debate about the use of the time-out rooms, which come with a dozen or so other names, from the almost cheerful (relaxation or chill rooms) to the more ominous (isolation or separation rooms). There is widespread agreement among educators and childhood development experts that the rooms can be vital tools in separating children whom professionals say are “disregulating," more commonly known as acting out or throwing a tantrum. And there is agreement about how they should be used and furnished.... ... Other issues emerge when the rooms are misused or include furnishings that students in turmoil could use to hurt themselves. …