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Indiana panel drafting new student-restraint policies

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Monday, July 08, 2013 07:48 am
INDIANAPOLIS — A state commission is drafting new rules and policies to help Indiana's schools handle students with behavioral problems while minimizing injuries to those youngsters.A law passed by this year's General Assembly created a nine-member commission that will determine how to boost student safety by reducing the number of children improperly confined in so-called "safe rooms." The panel will draft rules outlining those behavior-control methods with a focus on reducing injuries.

The commission was established following troubling reports in recent years of incidents involving special-needs students

Commission chairwoman Danielle Shockey tells The Indianapolis Star the panel will work this summer to create a state policy and a plan for those methods. She says public schools and some private ones won't be required to follow those standards exactly.


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