Colorado School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Corporal Punishment

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Colorado School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Corporal Punishment

Category: Conditions on Use of Certain Forms of Discipline
Subcategory: Corporal Punishment
State: Colorado

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22-1-140. Corporal punishment prohibited – definition

(1) A person employed by or volunteering in a public school, as defined in section 22-1-101, shall not impose corporal punishment on a child.


(a) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, “corporal punishment” means the willful infliction of, or willfully causing the infliction of, physical pain on a child.

(b) “Corporal punishment” does not include:

(I) An amount of force that is reasonable and necessary to quell a disturbance that threatens physical injury to persons or damage to property, necessary for purposes of self-defense, or used to obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object within the control of a child; or

(II) Physical pain or discomfort caused by athletic competition or other similar physical activity in which a child is voluntarily engaged.

22-32-109.1. Board of education

22-32-109.1. Board of education–specific powers and duties–safe school plan–conduct and discipline code–safe school reporting requirements–school response framework–school resource officers–definitions.

(1)Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(b.7) “Corporal punishment” has the same meaning as set forth in section 22-1-140.

(2) Safe School plan. The plan, at a minimum, must include the following:

(a) Conduct and discipline code.

(I) A concisely written conduct and discipline code that must be enforced uniformly, fairly, and consistently for all students. Copies of the code must be provided to each student upon enrollment at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and shall be posted or kept on file at each public school in the school district. The school district shall take reasonable measures to ensure that each student of each public school in the school district is familiar with the code. The code must include, but need not be limited to:

(D) Policies and procedures for the use of acts of reasonable and appropriate physical intervention or force in dealing with disruptive students; except that a board shall not adopt a discipline code that includes provisions that are in conflict with the description of child abuse in section 18-6-401 (1) or 19-1-103 (1). Each conduct and discipline code must state that, in accordance with section 22-1-140, a person employed by or volunteering in a public school shall not impose corporal punishment on a child.


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