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Iowa Department of Education seeks public input on use of seclusion and restraint in schools

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Education today announced six meetings to gather public input on proposed revisions to rules regarding the appropriate use of seclusion and restraint in schools. The meetings run Sept. 24 through Oct. 3.

Proposed revisions to Iowa Administrative Code chapter 281-103 (“Chapter 103”) were voted down by the State Board of Education in August so that more feedback can be collected on some parts of the proposed rules, including seclusion room requirements, parent notification, and the term “serious physical injury.” (Please see 281-103.7(1), 281-103.7(2), and 281-103.8 of the proposed rules.)

Department leaders will facilitate the statewide meetings, make further revisions to the proposed rules based on feedback, and will take revisions back to the State Board of Education in November.

The public input meetings will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows. For more information about the meetings, contact

Written comments about the rules may be emailed to

Tuesday, September 24
Green Hills Area Education Agency – Creston

Conference Room
257 Swan St., Creston

Wednesday, September 25
Heartland Area Education Agency – Johnston

Conference Room 152A,152B, and 152C
6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston

Thursday, September 26
Grant Wood Area Education Agency – Cedar Rapids

Winter/Spring Room
1120 33rd Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids

Tuesday, October 1
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency – Pocahontas

North and South Twin Lakes Conference Rooms
500 NE 6th St., Pocahontas

Wednesday, October 2
Central Rivers Area Education Agency – Cedar Falls

Conference Room B
1521 Technology Parkway, Cedar Falls

Thursday, October 3
Ottumwa Community School District
Media Center
812 Chester Ave, Ottumwa

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