3244 Prohibition of Corporal Punishment

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

    Corporal punishment does not include: 

    1. 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 person, or property;

    2. 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;

    3. 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.

    Cross Reference:   
    Board Policy 3241         Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Actions

    Legal References:
    RCW 9A.16.100              Washington Criminal Code
    WAC 392-400-235         Discipline - Conditions and limitations
    RCW 28A.150.300         Corporal punishment prohibited-adoption of Policy

    ADOPTED: 09/24/1992
    REVISED  03/27/97; 10/22/98; 02/22/07; 5/10/2018

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