Seclusion means confining a child alone in a room from which egress is barred. Before using a room for seclusion, a school must “receive written notice from local authorities that the room and the locking mechanisms comply with applicable building, fire, and safety codes” and register the room (Minn. Stat. § 125A.0942, subd. 3(a)(7)).
Districts are required to report all seclusion uses. Each quarter, districts must report the number of seclusion uses and the specific details about each use to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) using the Quarterly Seclusion Reporting Form below. Upload the completed form in Excel format on the Special Education Document Upload page.
If no seclusion uses occurred during the quarter, the district should send an email, including the district number and name, confirming no seclusion uses to Carly Lykes.
Quarter 1 (July 1-September 30) due October 15
Quarter 2 (October 1-December 31) due January 15
Quarter 3 (January 1-March 31) due April 15
- Quarter 4 (April 1-June 30) due July 15
Reporting, data, or problems uploading files – Carly Lykes, 651-582-8683
Clarification of statutes or legal requirements – , 651-582-8602
Quarterly Seclusion Reporting Form - 4/3/19
Complete the above form electronically and submit as an Excel file by uploading to MDE on the Special Education Document Upload page.
Seclusion Rooms - Registration Instructions - 7/19/18
Before using a room for seclusion, a school must register the room with the Minnesota Commissioner of Education. Instructions and a worksheet for registering a room for seclusion with MDE are available above.
Seclusion - Model Form - 11/4/13
Each time seclusion is used, the staff person who implements or oversees the seclusion must document the information outlined in Minnesota Statutes § 125A.0942, Subd. 3(a)(5). The link above provides a model form intended for district modification.
Seclusion Room Requirements: Joint Statement of MDE and Department of Public Safety - 11/8/11