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Proposed Illinois school rules would ban secluded timeouts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Board of Education has submitted its proposed rules for how schools can restrain students who exhibit dangerous behavior.

The rules filed Tuesday seek to protect children and faculty from outbursts but ban the use of prone restraints and the practice of locking such students in timeout rooms all by themselves.

The rules were drafted in response to a report last month by the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica that found that public schools were misusing timeout rooms.

They will be open to public comment until Feb. 4.

*In a story Dec. 10, 2019, about proposed Illinois rules for school timeout rooms, The Associated Press erroneously reported that prone restraints would still be allowed in emergencies. They would not, but supine restraints would be allowed in cases when less restrictive restraints have failed.

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