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When Should Schools Use Seclusion Rooms?


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The Indiana Department of Education recommends school districts define how and when they use seclusion and restraint methods with students.

Seclusion rooms — spaces for setting students apart from their classmates — are still used in some Indiana schools for timeouts or to separate students who are threatening their peers. There are no exact numbers on how many Indiana schools currently have seclusion and restraint policies, and schools aren’t currently required to spell out how and when they’ll use those methods.

A bill in Indiana’s Senate could change that. This week on Noon Edition, we’ll talk about a proposal to require every school in the state adopt formal policies on secluding and restraining students, and we’ll ask education experts to weigh in.

Join us Friday at 12 p.m. for our conversation, and send us your questions in advance to You can visit this site to be part of our live chat, follow us on Twitter @NoonEdition, or join us on the air by calling in at 812-855-0811 or 1-877-285-WFIU.


Kim Dodson- Associate Director, The Arc of Indiana

Kathy Bruner- Community Based Special Education Coordinator, Monroe County Community School Corporation

Jeffrey Anderson- Associate Professor, Special Education, IU School of Education; Director, Teaching All Learners Program

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