COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Board of Education approved Tuesday a new plan regulating the controversial use of seclusion rooms and restraints in public schools.
The plan requires schools to track and report how often they use the restraints or seclusion and to notify parents if the practice is used on their child.
The vote on the policy was passed by a 12-4 vote by the Ohio Board of Education.
School seclusion rooms are enclosed spaces used to calm or restrain students who become violent. The practice is often used on children with disabilities.
Many local educators are supporting the use of seclusion rooms, saying it's a useful behavior management tool so long as it's used appropriately.
Others say it can be a traumatic experience.
Several Tri-State school districts use seclusion rooms, including Lakota, Mason, and Fairfield.
The newly approved policy requires school districts to write up their own policies to govern the use of seclusion rooms and restraints in all of their schools and make those policies available to the public.
To read the full, approved policy, go to http://media2.wcpo.com/pdfs/ODEpolicy.pdf .
The policy will go into effect during the 2013-2014 school year.
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