Seclusion Rooms to be Banned in Alberta

When children return to school after the summer break they’ll notice the seclusion rooms will be no more.

Education Minister David Eggen will be banning the rooms by the 2019-2020 school year “As I have stated, I am deeply concerned by some of the things that parents and students are sharing about their family’s experiences with seclusion rooms,” Eggen wrote Friday to a group reviewing the practice.”We can and must do better for our kids. That is why I am making the move to ban the use of seclusion rooms in Alberta through a ministerial order. This means that all seclusion rooms must be decommissioned by the 2019-2020 school year.”

Eggen also added he would put in place mechanisms that hold school authorities accountable to the government for the decommissioning of the rooms.

Eggen formed a working group filled with parents, teachers and experts to help create guidelines on timeouts and seclusion rooms. The group was formed after a Sherwood Park couple sued the government after their 12 year old son was found covered in his own feces after being locked in a seclusion room.