Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing the Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 750]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Identical HB 1443 and SB 782, approved by the 2015 Virginia Assembly, amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 22.1-279.1:1, relating to the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools. The legislation becomes effective on July 1, 2015 and requires the Board of Education to adopt regulations on the use of seclusion and restraint in public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth that (i) are consistent with its Guidelines for the Development of Policies and Procedures for Managing Student Behavior in Emergency Situations and the Fifteen Principles contained in the U.S. Department of Education’s Restraint and Seclusion: Resource Document; (ii) include definitions, criteria for use, restrictions for use, training requirements, notification requirements, reporting requirements, and follow-up requirements; and (iii) address distinctions, including distinctions in emotional and physical development, between (a) the general student population and the special education student population and (b) elementary school students and secondary school students.
State Authority § 22.1-16 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To promulgate regulations governing the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools as required by HB 1443 and SB 782 (2015).
Meetings See all meetings (1) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jim Chapman  / Director of Board Relations
Address: James Monroe Bldg.
101 N. 14th St., 25th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)750-8750    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Fast Track Regulatory Action to Conform Definitions of “Traumatic Brain Injury” Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/01/2022.
Promulgating new regulation governing seclusion & restraint in public elementary & secondary schools Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/01/2021.