The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

5630 - CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AND USE OF REASONABLE FORCE

Teachers or other designated members of the staff are authorized to control students assigned to them and shall keep order in the classroom.

Corporal punishment is strictly prohibited. Comprehensive programs for alternative discipline include, but are not limited to, counseling, timeout rooms, in-school suspension centers, student mediation and conflict resolution, parental involvement, alternative education programs, and other forms of positive reinforcement.

Suspensions and/or expulsions are also available as administrative disciplinary actions depending upon the severity of the misconduct (Policy 5610).

Instructional and support staff, within the scope of their employment, may use and apply reasonable force 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.

F.S. 1003.02, 1003.32