Bill to ban restraints, isolation rooms in Illinois schools advances

A bill that would ban physical restraint and timeout rooms in Illinois schools passed a Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.

The legislation, Senate Bill 2296 sponsored by state Sen. Ann Gillespie, would require all schools to eliminate reliance on any kind of timeout room and face down physical restraint. In addition, schools could seclude students in unlocked spaces and use other types of restraints only when it is deemed there is a danger of serious physical harm to the student or others.

Schools are now required to report every seclusion or restraint incident to the state and provide more employee training.

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