Proposed bill in Minnesota would limit use of seclusion and physical holds in schools
The executive director for the Multicultural Autism Action Network said the procedures are disproportionately used on students with disabilities and students of color.
MOORHEAD — A proposed bill in the Minnesota Senate would limit the use of seclusion or physical holds as disciplinary measures in schools.
The Senate File 1311 says these procedures could only be used in emergencies and would have to follow a number of guidelines if used.
The executive director for the Multicultural Autism Action Network Maren Christenson Hofer said seclusion is used disproportionately on students with disabilities and students of color.
She also said these procedures are traumatizing for kids and that there are a number of better options.
"We know so much more about more about co-regulation, and meeting kids' sensory needs and how important building a trust relationship is with students," Chistenson Hofer said.
The Senate File 1311 would put these restrictions in place immediately.