School District Of Westfield
Bylaws & Policies


While recognizing that students may require disciplinary action in various forms, the Board of Education cannot condone the use of unreasonable force and fear as an appropriate procedure in student discipline.

Professional staff should not find it necessary to resort to physical force or violence to compel obedience. If all other means fail, staff members may always resort to the removal of the student from the classroom or school through suspension, expulsion, or other disciplinary intervention.

Professional staff as well as support staff, within the scope of their employment, may use and apply reasonable and necessary force to:

 A.quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to self or others;

 B.obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects upon or within the control of the student;

 C.use self-defense or defend others;

 D.protect property;

 E.remove a disruptive student from school premises, a school-related activity, or a District vehicle;

 F.prevent a student from inflicting harm on himself/herself;

 G.protect the safety of others.

In addition, staff members may use or apply incidental, minor, or reasonable physical contact designed to maintain order and control with the scope of employment.

In accordance with State law, corporal punishment shall not be permitted. If any staff member, full-time, part-time, or substitute intentionally inflicts, or causes to be inflicted, physical pain by hitting, paddling, spanking, slapping, forcing prolonged maintenance of physically-painful positions, or makes use of any other kind of physical force as a means of disciplining a student, s/he may be subject to discipline up to and including discharge 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.

In determining whether or not a person was acting within the exceptions noted above, if appropriate, deference may be given to reasonable, good faith judgements made by District employees or agents.

118.31, Wis. Stats.

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