Dear Access Living friends and allies,
Today we would like to ask you to send your comments and stories to Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) regarding the agency’s proposed rules on the use of seclusion/time out and restraint in schools. It is critical at this point that ISBE hears from advocates and families to reduce, and eventually eliminate harmful and abusive use of time out and restraint. Although the proposed rules prohibit the use of isolated time out, chemical, mechanical, and prone restraint, and the use of time out and physical restraint for punitive purposes, there is an acute need for additional protections to protect and support our students with disabilities. The full text of the proposed rules can be found at this link.
Here is a quick link you can use to send an email to ISBE. It is ok to submit a comment if you are not from Illinois. The deadline to submit comments is end of day today.
Questions related to Access Living’s comments, or this policy process overall, may be directed to Access Living’s Education Policy Analyst, Chris Yun, firstname.lastname@example.org