Louisiana Department of Education                                              Employee Policies
Special School District (SSD)                                                           Effective Date: 8/12/2013

Corporal Punishment of Students

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Corporal punishment of students is prohibited in SSD.  The school administration does not authorize or condone the use of corporal punishment by any SSD employee as a means of maintaining order in the schools. While corporal punishment is generally associated with spanking or paddling, the intentional infliction of pain by other means is also prohibited.

However, it is recognized that reasonable use of force and restraint may be necessary to stop a disturbance threatening physical injury to others, to obtain possession of dangerous or contraband objects from students, for the purpose of self-defense, for the protection of persons or property, or similar actions. Employees who work directly with students are trained in crisis prevention intervention techniques, and all use of force or restraint with a student must reported to the employee’s immediate supervisor as soon as the need for the force or restraint is over. If an employee questions whether an action is considered force or restraint, the employee should discuss the incident with the immediate supervisor as soon as possible.