Seclusion rooms out of Portland schools

FILE - Inside a now-banned "seclusion room" once used at some Portland Public Schools. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “Seclusion rooms” are finally coming out of Portland’s public schools.

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FILE – A stand-along “seclusion room” once used at some Portland Public Schools. (KOIN 6 News)

Oregon lawmakers passed a bill in April that banned the rooms.

Now the Oregon Department of Education reports the rooms have to go — even if they were put in before the new measure banning them went into effect.

The rooms were used to isolate and punish students who misbehaved. Some educators defended the rooms, saying they were effective at calming children without physically restraining them.

KOIN 6 News has learned the rooms will be dismantled and removed from Portland Public Schools in the next few weeks. A district source said the rooms have not been used since the bill passed.

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