3246 Use of Reasonable Force

It is the policy of the Franklin Pierce Board of Directors that the district maintains a safe learning environment while treating all students with dignity and respect. All students in the district will remain free from the unreasonable use of force.
District staff may use reasonable force, isolation, or restraint 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:
a) If the student’s behavior poses a threat of imminent bodily injury or substantial or great harm to self or others; or
b) 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 or a designee will develop procedures to implement this policy.
Legal References:  
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  
WAC 392-172A Rules for the Provision of Special Education
WAC 392-400-235 Discipline — Conditions and limitations
Adoption Date: 8/18/09
Franklin Pierce Schools
Revised: 12/10/13; 2/11/14
Classification: Priority