Corporal Punishment

The use of the term “corporal punishment” in this regulation shall be defined as any act of physical force upon a student for the purpose of punishing that student. Corporal punishment is prohibited. However, reasonable physical force can be used for any of the following purposes: 

  • to protect oneself from physical injury; 
  • to protect another student or teacher or any other person from physical injury;
  • to protect the property of the school or of others; 
  • to restrain or remove a student whose behavior is interfering with the orderly exercise and performance of school district functions, powers, or duties, if that student has refused to comply with a request to refrain from further disruptive acts, provided alternative procedures and methods not involving the use of physical force cannot reasonably be employed to achieve the purposes set forth above.

Any use of corporal punishment must be reported both verbally and in writing as soon as possible to the staff member’s immediate supervisor. Such reports must include all necessary facts leading to the use of corporal punishment as the means of correcting the problem. Any use of corporal punishment or complaint of such use must be investigated by the appropriate personnel of the district and a written report submitted to the superintendent.

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Brian Dunn
Superintendent of Schools
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