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Iowa City schools will get rid of controversial temporary seclusion rooms

The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) plans to remove all the temporary seclusion rooms from its schools, according to an email sent to district parents by ICCSD Superintendent Stephen Murley. The temporary rooms are box-like 6-by-6-foot wooden structures with padded walls used to isolate students. Seclusion rooms are only supposed to be used as a last resort, when a student’s behavior is uncontrollable. […]

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Listening post at the library to discuss school seclusion rooms, accessibility on Saturday

Iowa City Community School Board Member Phil Hemingway will be holding a listening post in Meeting Room A at the Iowa City Public Library on Saturday, July 8, from noon to 3 p.m. The session will focus on two high profile issues: the use of seclusion rooms and how the district is complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). […]

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Rep. Mary Mascher introduces bill on seclusion and restraint in Iowa schools

State Rep. Mary Mascher, D-Iowa City, introduced a bill this week that would establish a task force to look at the use of “restrictive procedures, including seclusion” in public schools. Seclusion and restraint are currently allowed under Iowa law. There are 16 seclusion rooms in Iowa City schools (13 in elementary schools) and 11 in […]

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