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S. Dakota: Bill proposed to "limit schools' ability to...restrain students lock/ them in isolation"

Jan 9, 2018, Sioux Falls (SD)Argus Leader: Lawmakers asked to limit use of restraint, seclusion in schools http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/education/2018/01/09/lawmakers-asked-ban-use-restraint-seclusion-schools/1016196001/ South Dakota education leaders want lawmakers to limit schools' ability to physically restrain students or lock them in isolation. A bill sponsored by the Committee on Education would bar schools from holding students in a face-down position or putting them alone in a locked room without their consent. It would also require schools to have a formal policy related to restraint and seclusion as well as training for teachers. The proposed legislation, Senate Bill 46, has been in the works since 2015, when a federal push for student safety prompted the Department of Education to start a task force on restraint and seclusion. … "That's not a practice that we use," said Kate Bartell Nowak, legal counsel for the Sioux Falls School District. While involuntary confinement is not used, the district does sometimes keep students in an isolated room either as a place to calm down or if a student requests it, Bartell Nowak said. … SB 46 is a step in the right direction for South Dakota, but more specifics are needed to protect students, said Sara Lindquist, executive director of the Sioux Falls branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. …