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Proposed Restraint Bill Contentious But Has Few Ties to Transportation

School Transportation News, December 18, 2009
New federal legislation that would limit the use of restraint and seclusion in schools has been ruffling a few feathers, but, according to industry insiders, it has little or no effect on transportation.

The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247) was introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) on Dec. 9, and although it mentions the use of restraints while transporting students, it calls for an exemption from prohibiting the use of passenger vehicle safety restraints for students.

But, some groups are on the defensive concerning another aspect of the proposed legislation, specifically, section 5 (a) (4), which states that the “use of physical restraint or seclusion as a planned intervention shall not be written into a student’s education plan, individual safety plan, behavioral plan, or individualized education program.”

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