Mississippi to regulate restraint and seclusion of students

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Board of Education is moving forward with a statewide policy that for the first time regulates when students can be physically restrained or placed in private spaces because of behavior problems.

The board had proposed a policy last year, but pulled it back for more consideration after objections that it didn’t do enough to curb abuses against students.

The board approved the policy Thursday, and the public can comment for the next 30 days. The board must vote again before enacting it.

The proposal calls for parents to be notified the same day that restraint or seclusion is used, and requires state tracking.

Some advocates wanted schools banned from using seclusion, but say the final rule is an improvement. They  praised Superintendent Carey Wright for the changes.

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