Seclusion rooms, or time-out rooms, have been used across the country and generally are meant for students with severe disabilities who can't be calmed down or are in danger of hurting themselves.
Few states have laws regarding their use, and only 24 have written guidelines, according to a 2007 study conducted by a Clemson University researcher.
The state Department of Education in 2008 began to draft new guidelines and rules that would prohibit the use of seclusion rooms, mechanical devices, unprescribed medication and some forms of physical restraint.
The education department is holding a forum on the proposed change at the University of Georgia's Institute on Human Development and Disability in Athens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
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