Iowa City Community Schools Seclusion Room Update

From Superintendent Steve Murley –

The Iowa City Community School District is committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students and staff. The District is committed to discontinuing the use of temporary seclusion rooms (sometimes referred to in the general public as “isolation boxes”) within our schools by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The District recognizes the role of restraint and seclusion in providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education for all students in a Least Restrictive Environment within our schools and is seeking ways to improve our practices. The District also recognizes that students with a formal safety plan developed in coordination with parents/guardians may have needs that differ and the District will work with parents to meet their student’s needs. The District has been reviewing each site and the student needs within each school using the recommendations of the Restraint and Seclusion Task Force. The District has completed the work to eliminate 7 temporary seclusion rooms within our schools and we plan to eliminate the remaining temporary seclusion rooms throughout the District by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. We will provide continuous updates as we move through the process, including working with parents, students, and staff.

Sincerely,

Stephen Murley
Superintendent
Iowa City Community School District

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News regarding updates to ICCSD Restraint and Seclusion procedures –

http://www.press-citizen.com/story/news/education/k-12/2017/11/07/seclusion-rooms-out-iowa-city-schools-starting-next-school-year-district-says/842880001/