3244 Policy – Prohibition of Corporal Punishment

The use of corporal punishment in common schools is prohibited. Corporal punishment is defined as any act that willfully causes the infliction of physical pain on a student.


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 themselves, other students, school staff, 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.

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 7/29/14
Updated: 5/22/18
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Legal References: Content

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

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