Coteau introduces Private Member’s Bill to regulate use of seclusion and restraints in schools

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QUEEN’S PARK—Michael Coteau, MPP for Don Valley East, today proposed a Private Member’s Bill that, if passed, would amend the Education Act to require the Minister of Education to establish policies and guidelines with respect to the use of seclusion and physical restraints in schools. 

“We need to ensure students are kept safe, teachers have clear parameters to follow and that parents are aware of what occurs in the classroom,” said Coteau, a former Minister of Children and Youth Services and former vice-chair of the Toronto District School Board.

“This bill proposes straightforward measures to support students, teachers and parents, including mandatory written notification to parents related to any use of restraint or seclusion, and reporting to the Ministry of Education,” said Coteau. “My goal is to better regulate this area to enhance student safety, better support teachers by providing clear direction and ensure parents are properly informed.”

“I hope all MPPs will join me in supporting this common-sense change to the Education Act,” the third-term MPP concluded. 

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