Rule Chapter 33 Section 10.2 requires each covered entity under the Rule to submit an annual report of restraint and seclusion data to the Maine Department of Education. This report is due July 15, 2013 for the school year July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
Please complete the following survey and include data for the number of physical restraints, seclusions and serious bodily injuries. SAU reports should NOT include the restraints and seclusions of their resident students that occur at a special purpose private school (or other out-of-district placement). Those restraints and seclusions must be reported by the special purpose private school.
The definitions for each of these are:
Section 2.16 Physical Restraint is an intervention that restricts a student’s freedom of movement or normal access to his or her body, and includes physically moving a student who has not moved voluntarily. Physical restraint does not include:
A. Physical escort;
B. Physical prompt;
C. Physical contact when the purpose of the intervention is to comfort a student and the student voluntarily accepts the contact;
D. Momentarily deflecting the movement of a student when the student’s movement would be destructive, harmful or dangerous to the student or to others;
E. The use of seat belts, safety belts or similar passenger restraint, when used as intended, during the transportation of a child in a motor vehicle; or
F. The use of a medically prescribed harness, when used as intended.
Section 2.19 Seclusion is the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room or clearly defined area from which the student is physically prevented from leaving. Seclusion is not timeout.
Section 2.21 Serious bodily injury is any bodily injury that involves—
A. A substantial risk of death;
B. Extreme physical pain;
C. Protracted and obvious disfigurement; or
D. Protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty.