Bill Introduced to Ban Restraint and Seclusion Except in Emergency Situations

Congressman George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Education & Workforce Committee, and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, H.R. 1893.  The bill would ban restraint and seclusion except in emergency situations where there is a threat of imminent physical danger.  It would require schools to inform parents on the same day if their child were restrained or secluded.  Mechanical and chemical restraints would be prohibited as would physical restraints that impede breathing.  The bill would promote positive behavioral alternatives for all children, require schools to collect data about the use of restraint and seclusion, and require training for school staff.  The Arc supports the legislation.