Many Licking County school districts already have policies in place prohibiting seclusion rooms as well as limits on when restraint can be used.
But most superintendents said they are glad a statewide policy is being considered. “I think it’s a good thing to talk about,” Newark Superintendent Doug Ute said.
Newark City Schools has areas in its buildings where students can take time to calm down, but students are never locked in a room or left unsupervised, Ute said.
“I do feel like from time to time, there are students that need a cool down period so the situation doesn’t escalate,” he said. “But it’s definitely not a locked room situation.”