Should the Park Falls Elementary school have a small room with bright red wrestling mats bolted to the walls?

Is such a room an ideal solution for kids, especially those with special needs, in a crisis situation?

Under what extreme circumstances might a room like this be the only recourse for trained staff at the school?

These are just a few of the questions that come to mind as we’ve learned more about the seclusion room at Park Falls Elementary this week.

Under state law, seclusion rooms must be void of any sort of fixtures or objects a student could hurt themself with, but beyond that, it’s up to the school district to decide how such a room is set up. That means parents, community members, board members, and district leadership can decide what this room looks like.

It is ok to not be ok with the status quo. It is ok to seek change. Just be responsible, rational, and respectful when you do. Our little corner of the world is part of a much larger experiment in democracy. Try to honor that.

There are two community listening sessions coming up for anyone in the Chequamegon School District. Bring your ideas, as well as your ears.

Park Falls: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the U.S. Forest Service Ranger District Office, 1170 4th Ave. S.

Glidden: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Glidden Senior Center and Lauri Jean Zach Center Building, 657 York Rd.

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