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5630 - Corporal Punishment and Use of Reasonable Force and Restraint

Teachers or other members of the staff shall assume authority for the control of students who are assigned to them by the principal or designee and shall keep good order in the classroom.

Corporal Punishment

The use of corporal punishment is prohibited. Alternative disciplinary procedures which may include timeout, peer review, or other forms of positive reinforcement should be used to bring about appropriate student classroom behavior.

Pursuant to State law, if a teacher or the principal determines that corporal punishment is necessary, it may be administered by a teacher or school principal in accordance with guidelines established by the school principal.

The principal's guidelines shall include requirements that corporal punishment be administered by the specific staff members authorized by the principal to administer such punishment. The guidelines shall also require that it be administered in the presence of another adult, and that the adult in whose presence it is administered be informed in the student's presence of the reason for the corporal punishment. The guidelines shall further require that the teacher or principal shall, upon parental request, provide the parent with a written explanation of the reason for the punishment and the name of the other adult who was present. The principal's guidelines may include other requirements and conditions under which corporal punishment may be administered.

Additionally, pursuant to State law, the Board shall review the portion of this policy authorizing corporal punishment once every three years at a public meeting where the Board takes public testimony or when the portion of this policy authorizing corporal punishment expires.

Reasonable Force and Restraint

Within the scope of their employment, instructional staff as well as support staff may use and apply reasonable force and restraint 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, to defend themselves, or to protect other persons or property.

F.S. 1003.02, 1003.32

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