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(105 ILCS 5/10-20.33)
Time out and physical restraint.
rules are adopted under Section 2-3.130 of this Code, the use
of any of the following rooms or enclosures for time out purposes is
(1) a locked room other than one with a locking
mechanism that engages only when a key or handle is being held by a person;
(2) a confining space such as a closet or box;
(3) a room where the student cannot be continually
(4) any other room or enclosure or time out procedure
that is contrary to current guidelines of the State Board of Education.
The use of physical restraints is prohibited except when (i) the student
poses a physical risk to himself, herself, or others, (ii) there is no medical
contraindication to its use, and (iii) the staff applying the restraint have
been trained in its safe application. For the purposes of this Section,
"restraint" does not include momentary periods of physical restriction by
direct person-to-person contact, without the aid of material or mechanical
devices, accomplished with limited force and that are designed (i) to prevent a
student from completing an act that would result in potential physical harm to
himself, herself, or another or damage to property or (ii) to remove a
disruptive student who is unwilling to voluntarily leave the area. The use of
physical restraints that meet the requirements of this Section may be included
in a student's individualized education plan where deemed appropriate by the
student's individualized education plan team. Whenever physical restraints are
used, school personnel shall fully document the incident, including the events
leading up to the incident, the type of restraint used, the length of time the
student is restrained, and the staff involved. The parents or guardian of
a student shall be informed whenever physical restraints are used.
(Source: P.A. 91-600, eff. 8-14-99; 92-16, eff. 6-28-01.)