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Corporal Punishment, Restraint, and Physical Confinement and Detention

State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student. See Board Policy #503.05. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, district 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. Employees are provided annual training on this law.

State law also places limits on district employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student. If you have any questions about this state law, please contact your student’s school. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website: