School Board Policy 507 -
Adopted: july 22, 1996 REVISED: june 11, 2001 revised: september 9, 2002
revised: july 16, 2018
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.
An employee or agent of the school district may use reasonable force when necessary to restrain a student from inflicting bodily harm to self to another person.
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.
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)
WBLASB Policy 403 (Discipline, Suspension and Dismissal of School District Employees)
WBLASB Policy 506 (Student Discipline)