Elk Rapids Schools
Bylaws & Policies


While recognizing that students may require disciplinary action in various forms, the Board of Education cannot condone and therefore prohibits the use of unreasonable force and/or fear in the administering of student discipline.

Professional staff as well as support staff within the scope of their employment, may use and apply reasonable force and restraint to quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to others, to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon or within the control of the student, in self-defense, or for the protection of persons or property.

If any staff member, full-time, part-time, or substitute deliberately inflicts, or causes to be inflicted, physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, or makes use of any other kind of physical force as a means of disciplining a student, he/she may be subject to discipline by this Board and possibly criminal assault charges as well. This prohibition applies as well to volunteers and those with whom the District contracts for services.

The Superintendent shall provide administrative guidelines which shall include a list of alternatives to corporal punishment.

M.C.L.A. 380.1312