On September 11, 2009, the Federal Register provided notice under the Department of Education – Annual Mandatory Collection of Elementary and Secondary Education Data for EDFacts that OCR will begin collecting data on seclusion and restraint in schools. The link to the Federal Register notice is: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-21935.pdf.
Restraint and Seclusion are defined:
Restraints—any manual method, physical or mechanical device, material, or equipment that immobilizes the ability of an individual to move his or her arms, legs, body, or head freely.
Seclusion—involuntary confinement of an individual alone in a room or area from which the individual is physically prevented from leaving.
Data on restraint and seclusion will be collected for three groups:
- all students
- students with IEPs
- students without IEPs
You can find the reporting table at http://edicsweb.ed.gov, click on ‘browse pending collections’ and then click on ‘info collection 04127. Click “Att_EDFacts CRDC 2009 B-4 changes v23-cb.doc” for the list of data to be collected.
This document shows other new categories for data collection: bullying and harassment incidents and students discipline, college prep classes, teaching experience, etc. Not every school district will collect data. The above document explains when and how data will be collected.
There is a 60 day comment period. The deadline for comments in November 10, 2009.
Comments on the proposed revisions should be sent to ICDocketMgr@ed.gov
TDD – call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339.