Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/29/2019 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Parent and Community Engagement
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Report with Possible Action on Student Restraint and Seclusion
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 8.28 - Student Discipline
Attachments: Restraint and Seclusion Table (2018-2019)
File Attachment:
Board Report Restraint Seclusion 18-19.pdf
Background: In 2012, the State of Wisconsin passed Wisconsin Act 125, which provides directives on the use of seclusion and restraint with students in public schools. Act 125 has several key components, including:

•conditions for the use of seclusion;
•conditions for the use of physical restraint;
•notification and reporting requirements following the use of seclusion or restraint; and
•training in the use of seclusion and physical restraint.

Act 125 also established additional requirements for the use of seclusion and restraint on students with disabilities.

To ensure compliance with Act 125, 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 Act 125.
•The district’s mechanism for recording incidents of seclusion and restraint has been significantly enhanced by the Infinite Campus Student Information System.

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Administration directed schools to submit restraint and seclusion data in accordance with Act 125. A total of 650 students, including 404 with disabilities, were involved in 1,021 incidents of restraint/seclusion during the 2018-2019 school year. In 2017-18, 2,036 students were restrained and/ or secluded, which translated in reduction of 1,015 students that had to be restrained or secluded during the 2018-19 school year. Additional information is provided in the attached table.
Fiscal Impact Statement: No fiscal Impact.
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer