3244 Prohibition of Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment is any act that 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 participation

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 in compliance with

WAC 392-171-800(30).

Cross Reference:

Board Policy 3241                  Corrective Actions or Punishment


Legal References:

RCW 28A.150.300                 Corporal punishment prohibited – Adoption of policy

WAC 392-400-235                 Discipline – Conditions and limitations


Adoption Date:  5.01

Methow Valley School District