(Star news Online) New Hanover County Schools’ use of seclusion rooms to deal with students’ aggressive behavior does not violate North Carolina law, according to Rick Holliday, assistant superintendent for support services.
On Aug. 27, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) completed an investigation into the district’s seclusion rooms that was opened in February. The inquiry found that the district had no compliance issues with N.C.’s Greenblatt Act, which gives schools strategies, such as seclusion rooms, to deal with students’ aggressive behavior.
The investigation stemmed from a two-fold complaint filed in January by parents of a 5-year-old special education student. The complaint alleged that the student was being placed in a seclusion room and forced to stay inside and that the district was only using its seclusion rooms for students with disabilities.
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