Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5630A - ALTERNATIVES TO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Board of Education 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. District 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.

The following alternatives to the use of corporal punishment are recommended. As formerly with corporal punishment, these 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 or Saturday school;

 E.assign out-of-school suspension;

 F.confer with parents on sanctions which will be established both at school and at home or contractual agreements whereby the student commits to self-controlling behavior;

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

 H. Public Health, Social Services, Mental Health, etc., and/or with private institutions or agencies offering related appropriate services, providing there is no cost to the District;

 I.arrange for a proper evaluation under Section 504 or IDEA, if there is reason to believe the student's behavior is related to a disability.

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