5159.00 | Use of Restraint, Seclusion, and Aversive Techniques for Students

5159.00     Use of Restraint, Seclusion, and Aversive Techniques for Students.

      5159.10     Definitions.

Restraint: The immobilization or reduction of a student’s freedom of movement for the purpose of preventing harm to students or others through chemical, manual method, physical, or mechanical device, material, or equipment.

 Seclusion: Involuntary confinement in a  room or other space during which a student is prevented from leaving or reasonably believes that he/she can leave or be prevented from leaving through manually, mechanically, or electronically locked doors, that, when closed, cannot be opened from the inside; blocking or other physical interference by staff; or coercive measures, such as the threat of restraint, sanctions, or the loss of privileges that the student would otherwise have, used for the purpose of keeping the student from leaving the area of seclusion.

Aversive Technique: Physical, emotional, or mental distress as a method of redirecting or controlling behavior.