Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation Services

December 2005


TO: District Superintendents
  Superintendent of Schools
  Superintendents of State-Operated and State-Supported Schools
  Executive Directors of Approved Private Schools
  Superintendents of Special Act School Districts
  Directors of Preschool Programs
  Organizations, Parents and Individuals Concerned with Special Education
  Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Special Education Services
  SETRC Project Directors and Professional Development Specialists
  Regional School Support Centers
  Other State Agencies
FROM:  James P. DeLorenzo Signature of James P. DeLorenzo
SUBJECT: Policy and Guidelines on the Use of Time Out Rooms

           This is to remind school districts, boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES), approved private preschool and school age programs, State operated schools, State supported schools, Special Act School Districts and other State agencies that operate educational programs that the Department’s 1994 Policy and Guidelines on the Use of Time Out Rooms remains in effect.  A copy of this policy may be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/timeout.pdf 

Each school which uses a time out room as part of its behavior management approach must ensure that the school’s policy and procedures on the use of the time out room are developed and implemented consistent with State policy, including the physical and monitoring requirements, parental rights and individualized education program (IEP) requirements for students with disabilities.

            To ensure dissemination to appropriate individuals within a school district, I ask Superintendents to please share this memorandum with other individuals such as Building Principals, Directors of Special Education, School Psychologists, Committee on Special Education (CSE) and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) Chairpersons, Guidance Counselors and Directors of Pupil Personnel.  If you have any questions regarding the policy and guidelines, contact the Special Education Policy and Partnerships Unit at 518-473-2878 or the Special Education Quality Assurance Office for your region of the State:

Central Regional Office

(315) 428-3287

Eastern Regional Office

(518) 486-6366

Hudson Valley Regional Office

(914) 245-0010

Long Island Regional Office

(631) 884-8530

New York City Regional Office

(718) 722-4544

Western Regional Office

(585) 344-2002