Restraint and Seclusion

The use of Restraint and Seclusion in schools is governed by Vermont State Board of Education Rule 4500. 

Purpose of State Board Rule 4500

  • Create and maintain a positive and safe learning environment in schools
  • Promote positive behavioral interventions and supports in schools
  • Ensure that students are not subjected to inappropriate use of restraint or seclusion

Rule 4500 Guidance

Incident Reporting Forms

Any person who administers a restraint or seclusion procedure shall report the incident to the school administrator as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the school day. Additionally, Rule 4500 requires that each use of seclusion and restraint be documented in a written report containing all of the required information listed in the Rule and sent to the building administrator. The Rule also lists the criteria when reports must also be sent to the Superintendent and when the Superintendent must send the reports to the Secretary. All reports that are sent to the Secretary must use the following required incident report form and must be sent via the U.S. postal service or hand delivered to the Agency due to concerns related to confidentiality.

More Information on Rule 4500

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Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

(802) 479-1030 | aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov
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