Amending emergency rules put in place two weeks ago, the Illinois State Board of Education says it will again allow schoolchildren to be physically restrained in positions it had banned, though only in crisis situations.

The change comes after several schools said they could no longer serve some students with behavior issues because of the new restrictions, put in place after publication of a Chicago Tribune/ProPublica Illinois investigation that found overuse and misuse of “isolated timeouts” in public schools across the state.

An emergency prohibition on putting students alone in locked seclusion rooms stands.

Picture Source:  ProPublica Illinois

SOURCE ( Jennifer Smith Richards / www.propublica.org )