YES, this is good for Idaho Children
• This bill defines corporal punishment, physical escorts, restraints, and seclusion and explicitly
prohibits corporal punishment to be used as a classroom punishment method.
• Chemical restraint shall not be used for any purpose.
• It further prohibits restraint and seclusion as a form of discipline or classroom governance.
• It clarifies that restraint and seclusion may only be deployed if a student has placed
themselves, an employee, or other students and employees in imminent danger.
• It requires each school district and charter school board to adopt a policy that conforms to the
statute and ensures a clear and transparent reporting requirement to parents or legal
• Staff directly assigned to students exhibiting aggressive or dangerous behaviors must be
trained on the correct use of restraint and seclusion and de-escalation techniques.
• Finally, it directs the State Department of Education to prepare resources, guidance, and
training modules to support each local education agency to adhere to the provisions of the bill.
• Fiscal note is Zero because the state department is already implementing programs under
their current budget and making it one of their training priorities. Districts are also able to
adopt policies from the Board of Education.
• Most districts already have training and ongoing professional development. This will require
those working in classes like special education to make sure to get their restraint and de-
escalation training annually.