Stats show restraint, seclusion of Ohio students

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(Courtesy: MGN Online)

COLUMBUS, Ohio  — Early statistics show that more than one-third of Ohio’s public schools restrained at least one student during the last school year, and about 13 percent of public schools isolated children in seclusion rooms.

That’s according to Ohio Department of Education data, part of the first-ever comprehensive look at seclusion and restraint in Ohio’s public schools.

An analysis by The Columbus Dispatch of data collected so far shows that statewide about 2,000 students were physically restrained in more than 7,000 incidents last school year. About 900 children were secluded more than 3,000 times.

The state Board of Education passed rules last year to prohibit schools from using seclusion rooms or physical restraint as a punishment for children or as a convenience for staff members.

 

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