HB 2476 proposing that school districts be required to provide parental notification for students placed in seclusion rooms passed in the House of Representatives today, February 11, 2013. While the Arizona legislators on the Education Committee in the House all agreed that seclusion rooms need to be gone forever, until that time, this piece of legislation is a step in the right direction, requiring parental notifcation before or immediately after their child is placed in seclusion/confinement. It is a step in the right direction because it creates a legislative pronouncement on the issue of seclusion, but there is a lot of work ahead. Kudos to Representative Kelly Townsend for introducing this bill! Please show your support by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KGK thanks Hope Kirsch for giving testimony before the Education Committee.