Amendments to the statute governing the use of restrictive procedures on children with disabilities in Minnesota’s public schools went into effect on May 21, 2014.
Following is a list of amendments now in effect:
• Standards for restrictive procedures plans was amended. A restrictive procedures plan, which is required for schools that intend to use restrictive procedures, now must include a description of how the school will provide training on de-escalation techniques. Minn. Stat. § 125A.0942, subd. 1(a)(3).
• Standards for developing a statewide plan to reduce use of restrictive procedures was amended. The commissioner’s report to the legislature on districts’ progress in reducing the use of restrictive procedures that recommends how to further reduce these procedures and eliminate the use of prone restraints is now due annually by February 1. Minn. Stat. § 125A.0942, subd. 3(b).
• Standards for reporting the use of restrictive procedures was amended. Summary data on the use of restrictive procedures, due to us annually by June 30, now must include the use of reasonable force that is consistent with the definition of physical holding or seclusion for a child with a disability. Minn. Stat. § 125A.0942, subds. 3(b) and (6).