Corporal punishment is any act of physical force upon a student for the purpose of disciplining that student. Any teacher, administrator, officer, employee or agent of the School District shall not use corporal punishment as a means of discipline against a student; nor shall corporal punishment be used against a student by a parent or any other visitor while on school property.

    However, in situations where alternative procedures and methods that do not involve the use of physical force cannot reasonably be used, then the use of reasonable physical force may be used to:

    1.   Protect oneself from physical injury;

    2.   Protect another student, teacher or any other person from physical injury;

    3.   Protect the property of the school or others; or

    4.   Restrain or remove a disruptive student, whose behavior interferes with the orderly exercise and performance of School District functions, powers and duties, if that student has refused to comply with a request to refrain from further disruptive behavior.

    Such emergency interventions shall only be used in situations where alternative procedures and methods not involving the use of reasonable physical force cannot reasonably be employed.  Emergency interventions shall not be used as a punishment or as a substitute for systematic behavioral interventions that are designed to change, replace, modify or eliminate a targeted behavior.

    In situations when a school employee uses physical force against a student, the school employee shall make an immediate verbal report of the situation to the Building Principal or Supervisor/designee with the written report to follow within forty-eight (48) hours.  The Building Principal or Supervisor/designee shall, within the same school day, make an immediate verbal report to the Superintendent/designee describing in detail the circumstances and the nature of the action taken with the written report to follow within forty-eight (48) hours.

    The School District will maintain documentation on the use of emergency interventions for each student including:

          a)   Name and date of birth of student;
          b)   Setting location, date and time of the incident;
          c)   Name of staff or other persons involved;
          d)   Description of the incident and emergency intervention used, including duration;
          e)   A statement as to whether the student has a current behavioral intervention plan; and
          f)   Details of any injuries sustained by the student or others, including staff, as a result of the incident.
    This documentation will be reviewed by School District supervisory personnel and, if necessary, by the school nurse or other medical personnel.
    The District will file all complaints about the use of corporal punishment with the Commissioner of Education in accordance with the Commissioner's Regulations.


Last Modified on April 23, 2012