Dept. of Ed. Holding Public Hearing on Proposed Seclusion & Restraint Rules Wednesday in Sheridan

Dept. of Ed. Holding Public Hearing on Proposed Seclusion & Restraint Rules Wednesday in Sheridan

The Wyoming Department of Education will hold a meeting to hear public comment about the proposed Chapter 42 Education Rules on Seclusion and Restraint Wednesday in Sheridan at Fort Mackenzie High School from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Peg Brown-Clark, State Special Education Director with the Dept. of Ed., says there are a few people who should be aware of what these new rules include.

According to a release from the Wyoming Department of Education, the meeting is the end of a series of seven the state planned to take comment on the issue since rules were drawn up during the last legislative session. There have not been Wyoming Dept. of Ed. seclusion and restraint rules in the past.

Seclusion is "removing a student from a classroom or school activity and isolating that student in a separate area," as defined in the proposed rules, and Restraint "is the use of physical force with or without the use of any device or material to restrict the free movement of all or part of a student's body." Reasons for using these rules, and full explanation of the rules can be found in a copy through a link below.

The statute requires that each school district have their own policies in place by December 31.

Wednesday's meeting is in the Library Room 132 at Fort Mackenzie.

Comments can also be mailed to 320 West Main, Riverton WY, 82501, or emailed to sped.comments@wyo.gov. To view the proposed rules follow this link

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