School Board Policy 507 -
Corporal Punishment

Adopted: july 22, 1996
REVISED: june 11, 2001
revised: september 9, 2002
revised: july 16, 2018
Revised: April 11, 2022

I. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to describe limitations on corporal punishment of students.

II. General Statement of Policy

No employee or agent of the school district shall cause corporal punishment to be inflicted upon a student to reform unacceptable conduct or as a penalty for unacceptable conduct. As used in this policy, the term "corporal punishment" means conduct involving hitting or spanking a person with or without an object, or unreasonable physical force that causes bodily harm or substantial emotional harm.

III. Exceptions

An employee or agent of the school district may use reasonable force when necessary to restrain a student from inflicting bodily harm to self or to another person.

IV. Violation

Employees and agents of the school district who violate the provisions of this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action as appropriate. Any such disciplinary action shall be made pursuant to, and in accordance, with applicable statutory authority, collective bargaining agreements and school district policies. Violation of this policy may also result in civil or criminal liability for those school district employees and agents.

Legal References:
Minn. Stat. § 123B.25(Actions Against Districts and Teachers)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.58 (Corporal Punishment)
Minn. Stat. § 121A.582 (Student Discipline; Reasonable Force)
Minn. Stat. § 609.06 Subd. 1 (6)(7) (Authorized Use of Force)

Cross References:
WBLASB Policy 403 (Discipline, Suspension and Dismissal of School District Employees)
WBLASB Policy 414 (Mandated Reporting of Child Neglect or Physical or Sexual Abuse)
WBLASB Policy 415 (Mandated Reporting of Maltreatment of Vulnerable Adults)
WBLASB Policy 506 (Student Discipline)