Corporal Punishment, Restraint, and Physical Confinement and Detention
State law forbids district employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, school employees may use "reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain" to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property.
State law places limits on school employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student. The law limits why, how, where, and for how long a district employee may restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the district must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the student’s parent. A Chapter 103 documentation form will be completed if this occurs.
The Board of Education has the following related policy that can be reviewed at the district website:
If you have any questions about this state law, please contact your school. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s web site.