Policy JGA

No teacher, principal or other person employed by the School Board shall subject a student to corporal punishment. This prohibition does not prohibit the use of incidental, minor or reasonable physical contact or other actions designed to maintain order and control or the use of reasonable and necessary force

  • to quell a disturbance or remove a student from the scene of a disturbance which threatens physical injury to persons or damage to property;
  • to prevent a student from inflicting physical harm on himself;
  • for self-defense or the defense of others; or
  • to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects or controlled substances or paraphernalia which are upon the person of the student or within his control.

For the purposes of this policy, "corporal punishment" means the infliction of, or causing the infliction of, physical pain on a student as a means of discipline. “Corporal punishment” does not include physical pain, injury, or discomfort caused by participation in practice or competition in an interscholastic sport, or participation in physical education or an extracurricular activity.

Adopted: July 12, 2016

Legal Refs.:

Code of Virginia, 1950 as amended, §§ 22.1-78, 22.1-279.1.

Cross Ref.:

JM Restraint and Seclusion of Students