New Jersey's 40th Legislative District

Senator Kevin O'Toole

Senator Kevin O'Toole

O’Toole Legislation Addressing the Unsafe Restraint of Students with Disabilities Passes Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) to address several reported issues regarding the unsafe restraint of special education students, as depicted in a series of investigative reports by News 12 New Jersey’s “Kane in Your Corner.”

Click here to watch the video.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the dangerous and sometimes deadly practice of prone restraint that some students with disabilities have been subjected to,” said O’Toole. “We owe it to the children to ensure that physical restraints are conducted safely when necessary, and to be transparent with parents whenever they occur.”

Under the legislation, S-2266:

  • the prone restraint* of a student with disabilities would be prohibited unless authorized by the student’s primary care physician;
  • staff members involved in the physical restraint of students would be required to receive training on safe restraint techniques annually; and
  • the parents or guardians of a student must be notified immediately when the student is subject to physical restraint.

Additionally, the legislation was amended to address the safe seclusion of a student who is involuntarily confined alone in a room or area from which they are physically prevented from leaving, to ensure that the seclusion of a student with disabilities occurs only with the prior written consent of the student’s primary care physician.

As amended, the legislation requires the Department of Education to collect and publish data on its website annually regarding the use of physical restraints and seclusion from school districts and private schools for students with disabilities.

“The sometimes abusive practices of physical restraint and seclusion of students with disabilities have been shrouded in secrecy for too long,” added O’Toole. “Schools must be honest with parents and the public about when and why these events occur, and ensure that the techniques employed are safe and medically advised.”

*The child is forced face down while his or her arms and legs are pinned behind them; an immobilizing technique that is known to compress the diaphragm to the point where it could smother a person.

Please Share:

Similar Posts on SenateNJ.com

Leave a Comment:

Comment Rules: Please remain civil, stay on topic, and refrain from using foul or abusive language. Posts that violate those rules may be hidden or deleted, and repeated violators may be blocked.

District 40 Guide

Kevin O'Toole

Kevin's Bio & Public Service

Constituent Services

Kevin Can Help You!

Contact Kevin

Kevin Wants to Hear from You!

Directions

Getting to Kevin's Office

District 40

About the Legislative District

Email Updates

Sign Up for Kevin's Newsletter

Facebook

Follow Kevin's Page

Internships

Students - Get Involved

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Twitter

Tweet @kevinjotoole

Kevin's Recent Posts

- Proudly Serving Parts of Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties -