This is the newly added language to HB2476 requiring WRITTEN notification to parents BEFORE their child may be placed in an enclosed space for disciplinary reasons. Note that there is an EXCEPTION to the notification when a school prinicipal or teacher determines the child poses "imminent self harm to himself/herself or others," but in those situation, the parent is to be notified IN WRITING by the end of the same day that the child is placed in seclusion.
BEGINNING IN SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014, DISCIPLINARY POLICIES FOR THE CONFINEMENT OF PUPILS LEFT ALONE IN AN ENCLOSED SPACE. THESE POLICIES SHALL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
(a) A PROCESS FOR PRIOR WRITTEN PARENTAL NOTIFICATION THAT CONFINEMENT MAY BE USED FOR DISCIPLINARY PURPOSES THAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PUPIL'S ENROLLMENT PACKET OR ADMISSION FORM.
(b) A PROCESS FOR PRIOR WRITTEN PARENTAL CONSENT BEFORE CONFINEMENT IS ALLOWED FOR ANY PUPIL IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
THE POLICIES SHALL PROVIDE FOR AN EXEMPTION TO PRIOR WRITTEN PARENTAL CONSENT IF A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR TEACHER DETERMINES THAT THE PUPIL POSES IMMINENT PHYSICAL HARM TO SELF OR OTHERS. THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR TEACHER SHALL MAKE REASONABLE ATTEMPTS TO NOTIFY THE PUPIL'S PARENT OR GUARDIAN IN WRITING BY THE END OF THE SAME DAY THAT CONFINEMENT WAS USED.