Amended Rules Effective 12/31/2009
The Amended Rules for the Administration of the Protection of Persons from Restraint Act was adopted by the State Board of Education on November 12, 2009. The Amended Rules will be effective on December 31, 2009.
The official version of the Restraint Rules can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State Website at: http://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/
Once you are at this website you will need to choose the following links to get to the ECEA Rules: From the bulleted list at the bottom of this page, choose "Browse the CCR by Rule Number"; then choose "300 Department of Education"; then "301 Colorado State Board of Education:, then "1 CCR 301-45 Rules for the Administration of the Protection of Persons from Restraint Act". Once you are at this page, you will see a list of sections and within each section you will be able to easily navigate by subsection. This is only an online version.
Restraints shall only be used in an emergency. To best prevent emergencies, the use of positive behavior supports is strongly encouraged especially for students who have behaviors that could result in injury to themselves or others.
- Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
- Article: Considerations for Seclusion and Restraint Use in School-wide Positive Behavior Supports (OSEP Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, April 2009)
If a parent believes that a district has policies that are inconsistent with the restraint rules or that the restraint rules have been violated, the CDE General Grievance process may be used. For information on the CDE grievance process:
If a parent of a child with a disability believes that the use of restraint has resulted in or is due to a denial of a free appropriate public education under IDEA, the parent may access the IDEA dispute resolution processes. For information on special education dispute resolution: