Restraint and Seclusion - County by County

If you would like to learn how your county is doing with their efforts to reduce restraint and seclusion use, check the Data tab below.

You may also access your district’s policies and procedures and plan for reduction of restraint and seclusion by accessing your district’s ESE Policies and Procedures.

For more information, please also visit our general Disability Topic page on Restraint and Seclusion in School.


Alachua County- Newest School District Restraint and Seclusion Policies and Procedures

You can find Alachua County's policies and procedures in:

Alachua County’s current Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures (SP&P) (pages 4a-4n) updated July 2012.

The document can be accessed from this FLDOE link:

From January 2012- April 2012, Alachua County reported that 4% of the 27 restraint incidents were prone restraints.

Alachua County's new July 2012 policies indicate prone restraint is prohibited.

Alachua County policy does indicate use of physical/mechanical restraint and seclusion.

For Aug 2011-June 2012, Alachua County reported 71 instances of restraint on 33 students. 63% of these students were students with emotional behavioral disorders or autism.

Alachua County also reported 17 instances of seclusion on 10 students. 60% of those students were students with emotional behavioral disorder or autism.

Alachua County’s formal Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training from Crisis Prevention Institute is provided through annually through the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS). 6 hours of update training is also offered annually.

Employees receive training in the safe use of seclusion and physical or mechanical restraint. Superintendents shall require that appropriate training is provided for the immediate supervisors to ensure that measures are implemented according to the policy.

To reduce the use of restraint and seclusion, Alachua County’s plans include:

  • Additional training in positive behavioral support and crisis management
  • Parental involvement
  • Data review
  • Updates on students’’ functional behavioral analysis
  • Additional student evaluations
  • Debriefing with staff
  • Use of school-wide positive behavioral support
  • Changes to the school environment

The County further plans to provide schools with guidance by district staff to assure accurate reporting and maintenance of records.