A seclusion room is a room, structure or enclosure in a school operated by a school authority.
The primary purpose of a seclusion room involves the involuntary confinement or isolation of a student where:
- the student is prevented or incapable of evacuating from the room, structure or enclosure without the assistance of another person
- the room's security measures are not under the student’s control
As of September 1, 2019 seclusion rooms will be banned in Alberta schools by way of Ministerial Order Seclusion Room Standard (PDF, 344 KB).
Student safety is our top priority and a ban on seclusion rooms will help ensure that all students learn in a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe environment. The intended use of seclusion rooms was only to be used as a last resort.
The order to ban seclusion rooms will come into effect starting the 2019-20 school year.
Alberta Education is working on an exemption process. More information will be coming forward as we work out the details.
As a first step, local school boards will be asked to:
- identify schools that have a seclusion room(s) by March 29, 2019, and
- declare that the room(s) have been decommissioned by no later than August 30, 2019
Alberta Education will manage on-site reviews to ensure that the room(s) have been decommissioned.
Alberta bans seclusion rooms (March 1, 2019)