|Policies and Regulations||NEPN Code: JKA|
Corporal Punishment and Crisis Intervention
The use of corporal punishment, defined as any act of physical force upon a student for the purpose of punishing that student, is not acceptable in the Sioux Falls School District and will not be tolerated as a disciplinary measure.
The use of prone restraint by school district employees, defined as physical pressure applied to any part of the student’s body to keep the student in a face down position on the floor or other surface, is prohibited, except when the use is necessary and reasonable in manner and moderate in degree.
The use of seclusion, defined as involuntary confinement of a student locked alone in a room, is prohibited, unless there is a clear and present danger. Seclusion does not include classroom timeouts, supervised in-school detentions, and/or the use of voluntary break rooms.
Physical interventions that are reasonable and necessary for supervisory control over students may be used only as a last resort. Physical interventions shall not be used when less restrictive interventions can successfully maintain the safety of all persons involved in the incident. Physical intervention involves the use of safe and unharmful control and restraint of a student. Physical interventions may be appropriate in the following situations:
Physical Interventions shall end as soon as the dangerous behavior ends or a medical condition places the student at risk of harm.
Staff members likely to use physical interventions shall be trained in proper crisis prevention and restraint techniques and procedures on an annual basis. The Crisis Prevention Institute’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Program will be used. The District may require the following staff members to receive training: administrators, behavior staff, self-contained classroom staff, counselors, and success coordinators. The Special Services Director will maintain a log of trained District staff and each person’s certification status.
In the event that any corporal punishment, prone restraint, seclusion, or physical intervention is used, the following reporting procedures will be followed:
This policy will be reviewed with every new employee. Annually, all employees will receive an overview, along with instructions to access the full policy on the District website, and will sign an acknowledgement form indicating they have received the information.
SDCL 13-32-2. Physical force authorized when reasonable and necessary - Attendance at school functions away from premises - Authority of bus drivers
|Policy||Board Action||(formerly 5131.4)|