DRO’s Keep School Safe for Everyone Campaign was launched in 2010. It had four objectives: educate parents of children with disabilities about the issue; examine the policies & procedures of all 197 school districts; monitor the implementation of those policies & procedures; and push for new legislation with enforceable standards regarding the use of restraint and seclusion in Oregon’s schools.
Our efforts culminated in an investigative report, Keep School Safe for Everyone – a report on the restraint and seclusion of children with disabilities. The report made the case for passage of House Bill (HB) 2939 to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in schools and was introduced by State Representative Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) in the 2011 Oregon legislature. HB 2939 passed, promoting school safety by requiring planning, training, and parental involvement to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
In 2013, DRO also lobbied on behalf of House Bill 2756, which prohibits public education program from purchasing, building, or using seclusion cells. It was signed into law by the Governor on April 5, 2013.
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