West Virginia - Corporal Punishment: Prohibitions or Restrictions
West Virginia Administrative Code 126-99. EXPECTED BEHAVIOR IN SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS (4373)
Chapter 4: INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR AND MEANINGFUL INTERVENTIONS AND CONSEQUENCES
Section 3. Use of Physical Punishment Prohibited
W. Va. Code § 18A-5-1(e)prohibits school employees from using corporal (bodily) punishment on any student. No physical punishment of any kind can be inflicted upon a student. This includes:
- hitting or striking a student on their physical person;
- requiring physical activity as a punishment (this does not apply to physical activity within the structure and context of extracurricular activities);
- use of noxious stimuli (e.g. pepper spray), denial of food or water or other negative physical actions to control behavior; and
- seclusion - a removal in which a student is left unsupervised in a dark area or in any space as an intervention or consequence to inappropriate behavior.
West Virginia Code 18A-501. Authority of teachers and other school personnel; exclusion of students having infectious diseases; suspension or expulsion of disorderly students; corporal punishment abolished.
(e) Corporal punishment of any student by a school employee is prohibited.
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