Portland school to remove seclusion rooms

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Posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

PORTLAND – A Southeast Portland school has agreed to start removing its portable seclusion rooms.

The rooms are used as a last resort when a student goes into a behavioral outrage, according to Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Christine Miles.

The state banned seclusion rooms at schools in the spring. But officials at Pioneer School were not sure whether their rooms, which go all the way to the ceiling, needed to be removed or just modified.

The school asked for the state's guidance before tearing them down.

“Our rooms were built before the bill,” Miles said. “And they were built for extreme safety measures. Others considered them portable, others did not."

None of Pioneer School's seclusion rooms has been used since the state passed the bill.

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