At no time will corporal punishment, the intentional infliction of physical pain as a means of discipline, be used in the District. Any District employee who resorts to corporal punishment shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination.

Reasonable and necessary force may, however, be used under the following conditions:

  1. to quell a disturbance or prevent an act that threatens physical injury to any person;
  2. to obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object within a student’s control;
  3. for the purpose of self-defense or the defense of others;
  4. for the protection of property in accordance with state statutes;
  5. to remove a disruptive student from school premises, a motor vehicle or a school sponsored activity;
  6. to prevent a student from inflicting harm on him/herself; or,
  7. to protect the safety of others.

Incidental, minor or reasonable physical contact designed to maintain order and control may also be used. Corporal punishment does not include actions consistent with an individualized education program or reasonable physical activities associated with athletic training. In determining whether or not a person was acting under the terms of this policy, deference shall be given to reasonable good faith judgment made by an official, employee, or agent of the Board.

Any use of force by an official, employee, or agent of the Board shall be reported to the Administration immediately and is subject to Board review.

This policy shall be displayed in its entirety in the Parent-Student Handbook and in the Staff Handbook.

Legal Ref.: Wisconsin Statutes

Cross Ref.: Board Policy 447 [Student Discipline]

First Reading: August 4, 2009
Second Reading: August 18, 2009
Approved: August 18, 2009

For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member