The Southern Door School District has policies in place to report incidents of forced student isolation or restraint. Now a new law requires all Wisconsin school districts to follow similar efforts and inform parents or guardians and the Department of Public Instruction when such incidents take place. That law was signed into effect recently by Governor Evers and also covers de-escalation training for staffers who deal with students who misbehave or are out of control emotionally. Patti Vickman, Southern Door Schools Superintendent, says with a few exceptions her district's policies already follow the new law.
The new law also establishes that restraint and isolation of a student be used only as a last resort. It also sets up debriefing procedures for staff after each incident occurs.