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.