Special education restraint bill passes Houseby Kimberly Miller | April 27th, 2010
The Florida House passed a bill Monday that establishes standards and procedures regarding the use, monitoring, documentation and reporting of seclusion and restraint on students with disabilities.
The legislation, HB 1073, prohibits school personnel from using a mechanical or manual physical restraint that restricts a student’s breathing. It also bans school employees from locking, or physically blocking a student in a room that does not meet rules of the state fire marshal for seclusion time-out rooms.
“I will continue to advocate for children with disabilities to ensure their safety, while maintaining a positive learning environment,” said bill sponsor Rep. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange, in a press release. “This bill has gone through a long process of review and consideration and I am pleased that Florida is heading in the right direction to enhance protections for our most vulnerable children.”
The proposal also requires schools to write incident reports within 24 hours and to make parents or guardians aware of an incident.
The bill now moves to the Senate.