Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5630A - ALTERNATIVES TO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

School Board policy defines corporal punishment as the deliberate infliction of physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or any other physical force used as means of discipline. Corporation personnel shall not threaten to inflict, or cause to be inflicted corporal punishment on any student.

Staff members shall not:

 

A.

hit, strike, grab, punch, or inflict other bodily pain on a student;

     
 

B.

restrict a student's movement by binding or tying him/her, unless specified in an I.E.P.;

     
 

C.

deprive a student of meals, snack, rest, or necessary toilet use;

     
 

D.

confine a student in an enclosed area such as a closet, locked room, box, or similar cubicle;

     
 

E.

cause any of the above to occur.

Staff may, however, provide for a "time-out" area as a disciplinary procedure. (See also AG 5630B.)

The following alternatives to the use of corporal punishment are recommended. As formerly with corporal punishment, this partial list of alternatives should also be viewed as last resort options when well-executed school and classroom management practices have not been effective. The principal has the authority to:

 

A.

deny participation in special school and/or noncurricular-related activities;

     
 

B.

assign to alternative center or program;

     
 

C.

assign before or after school detention with twenty-four (24) hour notice to parents;

     
 

D.

assign in-school restriction;

     
 

E.

assign out-of-school suspension;

     
 

F.

refer the student to a Corporation counselor, a social worker, psychologist, and/or clinical specialists.

It is essential that any of the above alternatives that involve disciplinary actions be conducted in accordance with due process. (See Policy 5611)

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