Monday, October 11, 2010

KY: School systems review corporal punishment policy

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010 at 5:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 6:49 p.m.

Two school boards revised a disciplinary policy this week regarding corporal punishment.

The Davidson County and Thomasville City school systems upgraded their “School Plan for Management of Student Behavior” to bring it into compliance with N.C. House Bill 1682, which legislators recently passed and will be effective this school year.

Lexington City Schools prohibits corporal punishment for all students, with the policy stating other consequences are more appropriate and effective for teaching self-control.

The revision for the county and Thomasville touches on administering corporal punishment to students who are classified as having a disability. It states the punishment may not be given to disabled students whose parents or guardians have not given permission. Parents are given a permission form at the start of the school year.

“There have to be very special precautions before any kind of corporal punishment is to be administered,” said Dr. Fred Mock, superintendent of Davidson County Schools. “We took a look at the entire corporal punishment policy. We do not prohibit it.”

Thomasville City Schools went a step above the state policy and added a section in which corporal punishment will only take place if a parent signs a statement giving permission to the administrator and the parent or guardian has to be present.

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