Bethlehem A to Z heading

Code of Student Conduct

prohibition of corporal punishment

XIX. Prohibition of Corporal Punishment
    A. No teacher, administrator, officer, employee or agent of a school district in this state, shall use corporal punishment against a
    student. As used in this section, corporal punishment means any act of physical force upon a student for the purpose of
    punishing that student, except as otherwise provided in the next sub section. In situations in which alternative procedures and
    methods not involving the use of physical force cannot reasonably be employed, nothing contained in this section shall be
    construed to prohibit the use of reasonable physical force for the following purposes:
        1. to protect oneself from physical injury;
        2. to protect another student or teacher or any person from physical injury;
        3. to protect the property of the school or others; or
        4. to restrain or remove a student whose behavior is interfering with the orderly exercise and performance of school district
        functions, powers and duties, if that student has refused to comply with a request to refrain from further disruptive acts.

(back to table of contents)