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Amending emergency rules put in place two weeks ago, the Illinois State Board of Education says it will again allow schoolchildren to be physically restrained in positions it had banned, though only in crisis situations.

The change comes after several schools said they could no longer serve some students with behavior issues because of the new restrictions, put in place after publication of a Chicago Tribune/ProPublica Illinois investigation that found overuse and misuse of “isolated timeouts” in public schools across the state.

An emergency prohibition on putting students alone in locked seclusion rooms stands.

The change, made Tuesday, temporarily allows schools to restrain children in prone (or face-down) and supine (or face-up) positions. But they can only do so in “narrow circumstances and only for severe crisis situations to protect the safety of students and staff,” the board said in a statement. School employees must try other methods to calm students before resorting to restraint, the amendment states.

The board said it still expects schools to start phasing out the use of prone and supine restraints.

“The amendment will give schools time to transition to the use of alternate interventions without causing students to be disenrolled,” ISBE said. The use of the restraints is intended to be temporary until the state board “develops further training and guidance on alternate interventions.”