Resource: Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities

Agencies & Departments : 
Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights

This Dear Colleague Letter (PDF, 124 pages) describes restraint and seclusion, and the limits federal civil rights laws impose on the use of these practices by public schools. This resource, and an accompanying question and answer document (PDF, 2 pages), can help schools and school districts understand how the use of restraint and seclusion may result in discrimination against students with disabilities. Learn more (PDF, 124 pages).