Administrative Guideline - 4630a Prohibition of Corporal Punishment and Alternatives to Corporal Punishment

Approved on May 2, 2013

Board Policy 5630 prohibits corporal punishment of students by Board employees. That policy defines corporal punishment as the intentional infliction of mild temporary physical discomfort on a student for the purpose of addressing misconduct.


Board employees shall not use corporal punishment in the performance of their duties with students, but this does not prohibit a Board employee from using physical force to protect himself or another person, or to prevent substantial damage to property. 

The following alternatives to the use of corporal punishment are available to the Board's employee's when other student management practices have not been effective. The principal has the authority to: 

·         deny a student participation in extra-curricular and/or noncurricular activities;

·         assign a student to an alternative program or remedial activity;

·         assign the student to an in-school suspension or before, after, or Saturday school program;

·         impose an out-of-school suspension in compliance with the procedure implemented by the Board pursuant to I.C. 20‑33-8;

·         confer with a student's parent/guardian on sanctions which will be implemented in a correlated way at school and at home; 

Any of the alternatives listed above that result in denial of student attendance must be implemented in compliance with the due process procedure for denial of student attendance in school (See Policy 5611).   


© Neola 2012