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ISBE PRTO (Physical Restraint Time Out) Data Submission

Intro and Key PRTO Information


Per the ISBE Administrative Code, Section 1.285, the use of Time Out and/or Physical Restraint shall be used ONLY when a student’s behavior presents an imminent danger of serious physical harm to the student or others and other less restrictive and intrusive measures have been tried and proven ineffective in stopping the imminent danger of physical harm.

These techniques shall NOT be used as discipline, punishment, convenience for staff, retaliation, a substitute for appropriate educational or behavioral support, a routine safety matter, or to prevent property damage in the absence of imminent danger of serious physical harm to the student or others. 


This ISBE PRTO survey MUST be completed, in addition to the (NEW) ISBE PRTO form that is uploaded to Aspen as part of the ICT report anytime a physical restraint or time out is used. 

     1. Time Out - Used as a behavior management technique for the purpose of calming or de-escalating an individual that involves involuntary monitored separation of a student from classmates with an adult for a brief time, in a non-locked setting who is trained annually in crisis de-escalation, restorative practices, identification of signs of distress, trauma informed practices, and behavior management practices. 

         a. Guidance on the specific allowable uses and procedures for using Time Out as a behavior management technique can be found HERE.

     2. Isolated Time Out - An involuntary confinement of a student alone in a “time out room” or other enclosure outside of the classroom, without a supervising adult in the “time out room” or enclosure.

         a. Please note, the use of Isolated Time Out is prohibited by Chicago Public Schools district policy.

     3. Physical Restraint - The act of holding a student or otherwise restricting a student’s movement by an adult who is trained annually in the use of physical restraint procedures,crisis de-escalation, restorative practices, identification of signs of distress, trauma informed practices, and behavior management practices.
 
         a. Guidance on the specific allowable uses and procedures for using Physical Restraint can be found HERE.


Requirements for the Use of Isolated Time Out, Time Out, and Physical Restraint

Questions?  Please reach out to us for help.

Form related questions:  cpsisbe@cps.edu
Policy and PRTO related questions: restrainttimeout@cps.edu