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Guidelines for Minimizing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint. Tulsa Public Schools Special Education & Student Services August 2011. Conditions on the use of physical restraint and/or seclusion. May not be used for the purpose of managing behavior
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Tulsa Public Schools
Special Education & Student Services
Involuntaryconfinement of a student alone in a room or area that the student is physically prevented from leaving.
Any method of one or more persons limiting or restricting another person’s freedom of movement, physical activity, or normal access to his/her body. It is a means for managing that person’s movement, reconstituting behavioral management and establishing and maintaining safety for the student, other students and staff.
Child Safety Restraint Systems (CSRS) are NOT considered
physical restraints under the Guidelines.
Examples of CSRS include:
Additional Instructions for Completing the Physical Restraint Documentation Form (OSDE Form 12) and Seclusion Documentation Form (OSDE Form 13)
List the specific hallway, classroom number, cafeteria, dean’s office, library, timeout room, etc. Describe the room or setting (i.e. approximate size, number of doors and windows, furniture).
In other words, consider the “who”, “what”, “when” and “where” of the situation.
Questions to Consider:
NOTE: The purpose of any behavior is to communicate something. Focus on what the student was trying to communicate.
Describe efforts of school personnel to de-escalate the situation, and alternatives to physical restraint that were utilized prior to the use of physical restraint or seclusion.
Explain the problem solving methods utilized. Describe the verbal and non-verbal strategies
staff used in their efforts to de-escalate the situation.
Note: Include a description of the intensity and duration of the restraint.
Note: The witness/ observer is a person responsible for looking at everyone involved in a physical restraint and making suggestions to protect all persons from possible danger or harm. Once the risk of imminent danger has passed, the restraint must end. All physical interaction should be terminated as soon as the need for protection is over.
Note: This documentation should include information about how long the student was monitored following the restraint.
Describe any supportive measures taken to ensure continued de-escalation.
NOTE: Do not leave this blank even if there were no injuries.