Policy 3246: Students
USE OF REASONABLE FORCE
It is the policy of the Curlew School board of directors that the district maintain a safe learning environment while treating all students with dignity and respect. All students in the district shall remain free from the unreasonable use of force.
District staff may use reasonable force to maintain order or to prevent a student from harming him/herself other students and school staff or property.
Physical force is reasonable when needed to prevent or minimize imminent bodily injury or substantial or great bodily harm to self or others. If de-escalation interventions have failed or are inappropriate, reasonable physical force may be used to protect district property.
Use of a restraint device or chemical spray is reasonable only under the following conditions and only when used by authorized and trained district staff after de-escalation interventions have failed or are inappropriate:
- If the student’s behavior poses a threat of imminent bodily injury or substantial or great harm to self or others; or
- To prevent significant property damage.
Physical force, restraint devices, chemical spray or less than lethal devices will not be used as a form of discipline or punishment.
This policy is intended to address students enrolled in the district and not intended to prevent or limit the use of reasonable force or restraint as necessary with other adults or youth from outside the school as allowed by law.
The superintendent will annually report to the board on the use of force. The superintendent or a designee will develop procedures to implement this policy.
Cross References: Policy 2161 Special Education and Related Services for Eligible Students
Policy 2162 Education of Students With Disabilities Under Section 504|
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Policy 3247 Isolation and Restraint of Students with IEPs and Section 504 Plans
RCW 9A.16.020 Use of Force — When lawful
RCW 9A.16.100 Use of Force on Children — Policy — Actions presumed unreasonable
RCW 28A.150.300 Corporal Punishment Prohibited
Chapter 392-172A WAC Rules for the Provision of Special Education
Chapter 392-400-235 Discipline — Conditions and limitations
Policy and Legal News, July 2013
Use of Reasonable Force Policy retitled, revised to include new reporting
requirement pursuant to ESSB 1688
Policy News, December 2008
Use of Reasonable Force Policy
Adoption Date: 12.08
School District Name: Curlew School District
Revised: 12.08;11/23/10; 12/13