Rule: Positive Behavior Interventions and Support and Restraint and Seclusion

On April 9, 2013, the State Board of Education approved Ohio rule 3301-35-15, standards for the implementation of positive behavior intervention supports (PBIS) and the use of restraint and seclusion. The rule was revised and re-approved June 24, 2021. 

The purpose of the rule is to ensure Ohio school districts establish consistent policies and procedures for the use of PBIS and emergency restraint and seclusion. The intent is to create safe environments for students and staff and reduce the need for emergency physical restraint and seclusion through behavior supports and training. 


Restraint and Seclusion Data Collection Survey

The rule requires public school districts to annually report information regarding the use of positive behavior intervention and supports and restraint and seclusion to the Department of Education.

To ensure reporting accuracy across the state, reporting instructions and resources are provided below. Please review the guidelines and sample forms for further clarification regarding restraint and seclusion documentation and reporting. 


Resources for the Emergency Use of Restraint and Seclusion


Complaint Process

A restraint and seclusion complaint is a formal request from a parent to the Ohio Department of Education to investigate potential violations of requirements of the rule regarding restraint and seclusion of a student. Complaints apply to students in general and special education. Parents can file a complaint regarding incidents of restraint and seclusion that occurred after the effective date of June 24, 2021. Alleged violations must be within one year of the date the complaint is filed. Additional information on the complaint process can be found below. 


Additional Resources 

Last Modified: 10/14/2021 8:22:11 AM