North Spencer County School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines


Time out is a period of time in a less reinforcing environment made contingent on a behavior. Once the behavior is modified the student will return to the regular classroom activities. Time out is for students who disrupt the education process and less directive behavior modifications have not altered the behavior.

Time out is a progression in the discipline code that the classroom teacher may employ to help the child gain self-control, or that the principal may employ to keep a student from hurting themselves or other students. The goal is for the student to gain self-control and return to the regular educational environment.

Time-Out Definitions

 A.Non-exclusion Time Out is the least restrictive type. The child's participation in activities is simply limited. The student remains in the classroom and may observe ongoing activities, but is not allowed to participate.

 B.Exclusion Time Out refers to excluding the student from participation and observation of activities without removing the student from the room. For example, the student's desk may be placed facing a wall, behind a screen, or in a corner.

 C.Child initiated "cooling off" - the cooling off time out is when the child voluntarily uses time out when s/he wants or needs a less stimulating environment, or anticipates an emotional outburst. The child and teacher will determine when this is appropriate for an individual child.

 D.Isolated Time Out definition - means total removal from the reinforcing environment of the regular classroom. The child is placed in a time out room in the office area for a predetermined period of time or no more than thirty (30) minutes after s/he ceases presenting the specific behavior for which isolated time out was imposed. If a student with a Functional Behavior Plan is placed in isolated time out, this must be reflected in the plan as an option and specific circumstances and time limits must be defined within the document.
  If a student is placed in isolated time out, the building principal/designee will be notified.

Physical restraint means holding a student or otherwise restricting his/her movements.

Use of Physical Restraint

 A.Physical restraint is to be used when a student poses a physical risk or threat to himself/herself or others or otherwise compromises the safety of the learning environment. A verbal threat does not constitute a physical danger unless a student also demonstrates the means of or intent to carry out the threat.

 B.Physical restraint should be used only when there is no medical contraindication to its use.

 C.Only staff members who have been properly certified in the use of physical restraint may apply this technique. Training for recertification shall occur every two (2) years.

 D.Parents will always be notified when a student is physically restrained.

All staff shall receive a copy of the guidelines for time out and the use of physical restraint.

Training for the proper use of time out shall consist of an annual review at a staff meeting at each building.

Only properly trained personnel are permitted to utilize physical restraint. Following guidelines, a team approach should be used when restraining a student. Debriefing for the staff involved should occur as soon as possible after the restraint.

Approved 6/1/10