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5035 - Corporal Punishment

5035 - Corporal Punishment

No person employed or engaged by the Chappaqua Central School District shall inflict or cause to be inflicted corporal punishment upon a pupil attending our schools.

Corporal Punishment: The term corporal punishment, as used in this policy, shall mean any act of physical force upon a pupil for the purpose of punishing that pupil. Such term, as used in this policy, shall not mean the use of reasonable physical force for any of the following purposes:

  1. to protect oneself from physical injury;
  2. to protect another pupil or teacher or any other person from physical injury;
  3. to protect the property of the school or of others; or
  4. to restrain or remove a pupil whose behavior is interfering with the orderly exercise and performance of school district functions, powers or duties, if that pupil has refused to comply with a request to refrain from further disruptive acts;

provided that alternative procedures and methods not involving the use of physical force cannot reasonably be employed to achieve the purposes set forth in clauses a) through d).

The Superintendent of Schools shall submit a written semiannual report to the Commissioner of Education, by January 15th and July 15th of each year setting forth the substance of each complaint about the use of corporal punishment received during the reporting period, the results of each investigation, and the action, if any, taken in each case.

Adopted by Board of Education February 8, 1982

Revised April 5, 1994