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Ed Committee Approves 'Scream' Room Reporting Bill

Local school boards would be require to submit detailed documentation for each incident.

The General Assembly's Education Committee approved on Friday a bill that would require public school boards to provide detailed documentation for each case in which a student is placed in a seclusion or "scream" room due to behavioral issues, according to the Hartford Courant.

If the student were injured while in the seclusion room, the bill would also require that local boards "report the incident to the State Board of Education." The State School Board will also be asked to send an annual report to the Select Committee on Children for review.

The use of seclusion rooms in the state came under scrutiny into whether Farm Hill Elementary School in Middletown discriminated against students with disabilities through its use of the rooms. As a result of the investigation, under an agreement with the Board of Education.

The bill is now being sent to the House of Representatives for review.

Monica March 27, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Why not get rid of the "scream" room altogether?
Lori Amann-Chetcuti March 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Public school teachers have a difficult time dealing with students with major behavioral issues. Districts increasingly do not want to pay for these children to be sent to special schools because it takes too big a bite out of their budgets. I am really surprised that schools weren't required to report every time seclusion is used as a disciplinary strategy. I think the law is a good idea.

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