Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/8/2020 - 5:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: 1. Report with Possible Action on Student Restraint and Seclusion
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Policy: Admin Policy 8.28 - Student Discipline
Attachments: Restraint and Seclusion Table (2019-2020)
File Attachment:
Restraint and Seclusion Table 2019-2020.pdf
Background: In 2012, Wisconsin Act 125 created section 118.305 of the Wisconsin Statute which provided direction on the use of seclusion and restraint with students in public schools. Act 125 had several key components including:

1. Conditions for the use of seclusion;
2. Conditions for the use of physical restraint;
3. Notification and reporting requirements following the use of seclusion or restraint;
4. Training in the use of seclusion and physical restraint; and,
5. Requirements for the use of seclusion and restraint on students with disabilities.

In March 2020, Wisconsin Act 118 revised the state law. Some of the changes include requiring parents to be provided with a copy of the written incident report, clarifying that the notice and reporting requirements apply to incidents involving law enforcement officers, prohibiting the use of prone restraint, revising the required training components, requiring school staff to hold a meeting after each incident of seclusion or restraint to discuss topics specified in the Act, conducting an IEP team meeting within ten school days of the second time seclusion or restraint is used on a student with a disability within the same school year, and requiring each governing body to submit an annual report to the Department of Public Instruction by December 1.

To ensure compliance with Wisconsin Statute 118.305, the Administration has taken the following steps:
• Training has been provided to staff across the district in the use of seclusion and restraint. These trainings also focused on positive interventions and supports to address potentially dangerous behavior. In total, more than 2,000 staff members have been trained over the past five years.
• For the last five years, all principals, school leaders, and special education supervisors received in‐services on the requirements of WI statute 118.305.
• The district’s mechanism for recording incidents of seclusion and restraint has been significantly enhanced by the Infinite Campus Student Information System.
• During the 2019-2020 school year, the Administration directed schools to submit restraint and seclusion data in accordance with WI statute 118.305.
• A total of 441 students, including 251 with disabilities, were involved in 753 incidents of restraint during the 2019-2020 school year.
• A total of 79 students, including 56 with disabilities, were involved in 91 incidents of seclusion during the 2019-2020 school year.
• During the 2018-19 school year, there were a total of 1021 incidents of restraint/seclusion.
Fiscal Impact Statement: No fiscal impact.
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Matthew Boswell - Senior Director
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent