Physical Holding

Physical holding means physical intervention intended to hold a child immobile or limit a child’s movement where body contact is the only source of physical restraint, and where immobilization is used to effectively gain control of a child in order to protect the child or other person from injury. Each time physical holding is used, the staff person who implements or oversees the physical holding must document its use.

Prone restraint” means placing a student in a face down position.

Effective August 1, 2015, school districts are prohibited from using prone restraint as an emergency restraint for students with disabilities (Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.0942). Based upon that prohibition, school district staff are not authorized to use prone restraint as an emergency restraint for students with disabilities under the reasonable force statute (Minnesota Statutes, section 121A.582).
  • Physical Holding Model Form - 12/2/13
    Each time physical holding is used, the staff person who implements or oversees the physical holding must document its use.