Restraint and Seclusion: Frequently Asked Questions
Restraint and Seclusion Process Guide
The Process Guide provides timelines, forms, and other information to support LEAs, PAs, and publicly funded nonpublic schools in fulfilling the requirements of Education Article § 7-1101 et seq.
Restraint and Seclusion Implementation Guide
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance and resources to local education agencies (LEAs), public agencies (PAs), and publicly funded nonpublic schools to implement current State law and regulations, including restricting the use of restraint and eliminating the use of seclusion in all but publicly funded nonpublic schools.
MSDE developed this document in collaboration with stakeholders to provide direction regarding the new statute and to guide LEAs, PAs, and publicly funded nonpublic schools in the revision and implementation of local policies, procedures, and practices.
Restraint and/or Seclusion Single Incident Form
Documents the individual restraint/seclusion incident including the team debrief process and next steps to support the student’s individual needs.
Restraint and/or Seclusion Excessive Use: Part One
Documents the excessive use of restraint and seclusion and is used to notify MSDE and the LEA when a student has been restrained and/or secluded 10 times within a school year.
Restraint and/or Seclusion Excessive Use: Part Two
Documents a review of current interventions and strategies in use with the student and at the school level and recommendations to decrease the use of restraint and/or seclusion.
Technical Assistance Sessions
MSDE continues to provide technical assistance and support in the operationalization and implementation of Education Article § 7-1101 et seq.
Technical Assistance Sessions Presented in February/March 2023
Technical Assistance Sessions Presented in May 2023
This technical assistance session reviewed the online submission process for the excessive use of restraint and/or seclusion as well as updates to the required forms. Forms included in this technical assistance session may have been updated, please see the most recent version.
Questions regarding the new statutory requirements and processes for all students should be directed to:
Dr. April TurnerSchool Psychological Services Supervisor, Division of Student Support, Academic Enrichment, and Educational PolicyOffice: (410) email@example.com
Questions regarding the operationalization of the additional requirements for students with disabilities, including the Individualized Education Program process, should be directed to:
Carmen BrownBranch Chief, Interagency CollaborationOffice: (410) firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions related to the implementation of the requirements in nonpublic schools should be directed to:
Alexandra CambraDirector, Program ApprovalOffice: (410) email@example.com
Questions related to data collection should be directed to:
Dawn HubbardProgram ManagerOffice: (410) firstname.lastname@example.org
Chandra HaisletAssistant State Superintendent, Division of Assessment, Accountability, and Performance ReportingOffice: (410) email@example.com
These technical assistance refresher sessions reviewed the entire restraint and/or seclusion process for documentation and notification, including the changes to the statutes, overview of the required forms, explanation of the online submission process for the excessive use of restraint and/or seclusion, and tips regarding submissions.