DEFENDED: SPED Staff Liability (SB 790)

This bill expands the definition of child abuse to include certain types of restraints and seclusion. Thanks to advocacy from OSEA, the bill was amended to make it clear that school districts, not staff, will be held liable for instances of abuse if appropriate training has not been provided to the staff involved. We also made sure it protects workers who have a reasonable expectation of being fired if they do not follow a supervisor’s direction to use restraint or seclusion.