New rules would govern how school employees can restrain or isolate special-education students under a bill that passed the state House Monday.
Under House Bill 1240, restraint and isolation could no longer be part of a school’s pre-established plan for responding to misbehavior by a student with a disability. Instead, such methods would be “permitted only when reasonably necessary to control spontaneous behavior that poses an imminent likelihood of serious harm.”
HB 1240 passed the House on a 68-29 vote Monday. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would also require school districts to report annually to the state how often their employees restrain or isolate students.
Additionally, school districts would need to adopt policies to reduce their use of restraint or isolation.
Once again, Rep. Gerry Pollet was a champion for this bill.
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Somehow I missed this but the district is having regional meetings on Special Education with the first one tonight.
- Southeast, March 2, 6-7 pm. Aki Kurose MS
- Northeast, March 16, 6-7 pm. Roosevelt HS
- Central, April 6, 6-7 p.m. Washington MS
- West Seattle, April 20. West Seattle HS
- Northwest, May 11, 6-7 pm. Ballard HS
“Please join Wyeth Jessee, executive director of special education; Michaela Clancy, director of special education; Kari Hanson, director of school-based special education services; Margo Siegenthaler, SPS special education ombudsman; the regional supervisor for your area; and special education staff.”
The attached flyer details meeting times and locations, and includes translations for Spanish, Somali, Chinese, and Vietnamese.