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Legislation on Restraint and Seclusion Approved

Kestell legislation headed to governor
Kestell legislation headed to governor

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (WHBL) - Legislation introduced by State Representative Steve Kestell, of Elkhart Lake, dealing with the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools was approved in the Assembly on Tuesday.  Among other things, the bill specifies that seclusion can only be used when a pupil’s behavior presents a danger to others, the seclusion room must be free of objects that may injure the pupil, and can only last as long as necessary to resolve the risk.  Kestell said parents and educators have been raising concerns about the use of restraint and seclusion in schools for years.  The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.