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3244 - Prohibition of Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment is any act which willfully inflicts or willfully causes the infliction of physical pain on a student, and is not permitted.

Corporal punishment does not include:

  1. The use of reasonable physical force by an administrator, teacher, other school employee or volunteer as necessary to maintain order to prevent a student from harming one's self, other students, school staff and other persons, or property;
  2. Physical pain or discomfort resulting from or caused by training for or participating in athletic competition or recreational activity voluntarily engaged in by a student;
  3. Physical exertion shared by all students in a teacher-directed class activity, which may include, but is not limited to, physical education exercises, field trips or vocational education projects; or
  4. Physical restraint or the use of aversive therapy as part of a behavior management program in a student's individual education program which has been signed by the parent and is carried out according to District procedures.



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Cross References:


  • RCW 28A.150.300 Corporal punishment prohibited - Adoption of policy
  • WAC 392-172A-03130 Aversive interventions - Conditions
  • WAC 392-400-235 Discipline - Conditions and limitations