3246 Use of Reasonable Force

It is the policy of theMethowValleySchool Districtboard of directors that the district maintains a safe learning environment while treating all students with dignity and respect. All students in the district shall remain free from the unreasonable use of force.

District staff may use reasonable force to maintain order or to prevent a student from harming him/herself, other students and school staff or property.

Physical force is reasonable when needed to prevent or minimize imminent bodily in­jury or substantial or great bodily harm to self or others. If de-escalation interventions have failed or are inappropriate, reasonable physical force may be used to protect district property.

Mechanical restraint or chemical spray is reasonable only when used by authorized and trained district staff after de-escalation interventions have failed or are inappropriate: a) if the student’s behavior poses a threat of imminent bodily injury or substantial or great harm to self or others; or b) to prevent significant property damage.

Physical force, mechanical restraints, chemical spray or less than lethal devices will not be used as a form of discipline or punishment.

This policy is intended to address students enrolled in the district and not intended to prevent or limit the use of reasonable force or restraint as necessary with other adults or youth from outside the school as allowed by law.

The superintendent will annually report to the board on the use of force. The superinten­dent or a designee will develop procedures to implement this policy.

Legal References:

RCW 28A.150.300   Corporal Punishment Prohibited

RCW 9A.16.020       Use of Force — When lawful

RCW 9A.16.100   Use of Force on Children — Policy — Actions presumed unreasonable

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

392-172A –  Rules for the Provision of Special Education

Management Resources:

Policy News, December 2008 Use of Reasonable Force Policy


Adoption Date: 4.11

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