3244 Policy – Prohibition of Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment is any act which willfully inflicts or willfully causes the infliction of physical pain on a student, and is not permitted.

Corporal punishment does not include:

A.    The use of reasonable physical force by an administrator, teacher, other school employee or volunteer as necessary to maintain order to prevent a student from harming him/herself, other students, school staff and other persons, or property;

B.     Physical pain or discomfort resulting from or caused by training for or participating in athletic competition or recreational activity voluntarily engaged in by a student;

C.     Physical exertion shared by all students in a teacher-directed class activity, which may include, but is not limited to, physical education exercises, field trips or vocational education projects; or

D.    Physical restraint or the use of aversive therapy as part of a behavior management program in a student’s individual education program which has been signed by the parent and is carried out according to district procedures.

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted: 7/29/14
Revised: 7/29/14
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW  28A.150.300, Corporal punishment prohibited — Adoption of policy

WAC 392-172A-03130, Aversive interventions — Conditions

WAC 392-400-235, Discipline — Conditions and limitations