PLANS FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
KSDE is developing a new collection tool for schools to report quarterly
seclusion data. The collection tool is anticipated to be launched during the
2009–2010 school year. The new collection tool will allow SUMMARY OF
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seclusion and will enable KSDE and schools to monitor data more closely. The purposes for creating such a reporting system on incidents of seclusion
- Lay the groundwork for research and analysis regarding the relationship
between seclusion incidents and academic performance, special education
status, demographic data and other variables;
- Allow schools to record data on seclusion incidents including student
identifier, date of seclusion and length of seclusion; and
- Analyze the data and provide targeted technical assistance to districts
across the state in the area of seclusion.
The recording and reporting of instances of physical restraint or seclusion
and the compilation of this information shall be in accordance with section
46a-153 of the Connecticut General Statutes. The recording of such instances
shall be done on a standardized incident report developed by the Department
of Education. Such reports shall be completed no later than the school day
following the incident.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon filing with the Secretary of the State
Each entity that has jurisdiction over a public education program must prepare and submit to the Superintendent of Public Instruction an annual report detailing
the use of physical restraint and seclusion for the preceding school year, ncluding, at a minimum:
- The total number of incidents involving physical restraint.
- The total number of incidents involving seclusion.
- The total number of seclusions in a locked room.
- The total number of students placed in physical restraint.
- The total number of students placed in seclusion.
- The total number of incidents that resulted in injuries or death to students or personnel as a result of the use of physical restraint or seclusion.
- The number of students who were placed in physical restraint or seclusion more than 10 times in the course of a school year and an explanation of what steps have been taken
by the public education program to decrease the use of physical restraint and seclusion for
- The number of incidents in which the personnel of the public education program administering physical restraint or seclusion were not trained as provided by section 6 of this 2011 Act.
- The demographic characteristics of all students upon whom physical restraint or seclusion was imposed, including race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, migrant status, English proficiency and status as economically disadvantaged, unless the demographic information
would reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student.
- Each entity that has jurisdiction over a public education program shall make its annual report about physical restraint and seclusion available to the public at the entity’s main office and the website of the entity. Parents and guardians of students in a public education program shall be advised about how to access the report at least once each school year.
- The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall prepare and make available the annual reports of physical restraint and seclusion on the Department of Education’s website. The superintendent also shall annually disclose the number of signed written complaints submitted to the superintendent each year under section 4 (9) of this 2011 Act. The disclosure shall include the name of the public education program that is the subject of the complaint and whether the complaint was substantiated.