1. Restraint, Seclusion, and Referrals to Law Enforcement: Legal Rules and Best Practices for Students with Disabilities

Restraint, Seclusion, and Referrals to Law Enforcement: Legal Rules and Best Practices for Students with Disabilities

Restraint, Seclusion, and Referrals to Law Enforcement: Legal Rules and Best Practices for Students with Disabilities
Event ID: 30009
Session ID: 15921

Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq., attorney at law, Steckel and Stopp
Price: $299.00 On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, district legal counsel, principals, counselors, special education superintendents, teachers, support staff
Best For: K-12

In a survey of 96,000 public schools across the nation, the U.S. Department of Education found that during the 2015/2016 school year students with disabilities made up an average of 14% of the total student population, yet 28% of all in-school arrests and referrals to law enforcement, 71% of restraints, and 66% of all incidents of seclusion involved students with disabilities. In response to these findings, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced in January that the U.S. Department of Education will launch an initiative to address the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in our nation’s schools.

Please join nationally-recognized school law attorney Erin D. Gilsbach, Esq. as she examines these trends and their legal implications. She will examine the statutory and regulatory mandates under the IDEA and Section 504, and she will discuss current case law on the issues of restraint, seclusion, and referral to law enforcement. She will also identify best practice tips and practical tools to help K-12 school leaders and special education personnel to successfully adhere to the law and reduce liability through improved legal compliance.


  • Current trends in restraint, seclusion, and referrals to law enforcement
  • New initiative of U.S. Dept. of Education to address the issue of restraint and seclusion in schools
  • IDEA and Section 504 statutory and regulatory mandates regarding restraints and seclusion
  • Legal issues related to referrals to law enforcement for students with disabilities
  • Analysis of recent case law regarding restraints, seclusion, and referrals to law enforcement of students with disabilities

    Your conference leader for “Restraint, Seclusion, and Referrals to Law Enforcement: Legal Rules and Best Practices for Students with Disabilities” is Erin Gilsbach. Ms. Gilsbach is a practicing school law attorney with the PA-based law firm of Steckel and Stopp. She is an experienced speaker at the state and national levels on matters regarding school law and a frequent author on education law topics. She currently serves as the president of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) Solicitor’s Association and is a member of the board of directors of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA). Ms. Gilsbach provides a wide variety of training programs, as well as legal consulting services, to school districts, charter schools, non-public schools, and education-related organizations. She specializes in school policy and procedure legal defensibility audits as well as professional development in areas of special education, school technology, nursing and school health services, truancy prevention, child abuse prevention and mandated reporting, educator evaluation and discipline, and many other trending school law topics. Prior to attending law school, she taught high school English. Prior to entering private practice, she served for over two years at the PA Dept. of Education’s Office of Chief Counsel. Ms. Gilsbach was voted by her peers as a SuperLawyers “Rising Star Attorney” for 5 consecutive years and is an active member of and frequent presenter and author for NSBA, COSA, the national Education Law Association (ELA), PSBA, the LRP Institute, the National Business Institute (NBI), the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), and a number of other legal and educational organizations. She is currently writing a book for LRP publications on school health services that is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019.

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