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Alaska Corporal Punishment in Public Schools Laws

Using physical force for discipline, such as paddling or spanking, is referred to as "corporal punishment." But while this type of punishment was once common in American public schools, it has fallen out of favor with a growing number of state lawmakers and parents. Many states have banned the practice altogether, in light of studies showing the longterm psychological harm of corporal punishment, but others have maintained its use to this day. Regardless of state law, discipline may not cause injuries or extreme fear.

Corporal Punishment in Alaska Public Schools at a Glance

Generally, Alaska permits teachers and administrators to use physical force "when and to the extent reasonably necessary and appropriate to maintain order." This does not mean corporal punishment is legal, though (it was banned in 1989), only that physical force may be used when absolutely necessary, such as self-defense or to protect other students.

See FindLaw's School Discipline section for related articles and resources, including School Discipline History. You may also want to check out FindLaw's Child Abuse section.

Code Section 11.81.430
Punishment Allowed Rules for the use of force are established on a district-by-district basis, but corporal punishment as a normal means of discipline was banned in 1989
Circumstances Allowable

When and to the extent reasonably necessary and appropriate to maintain order and when the use of force is consistent with the welfare of the students, a teacher may, if authorized by school regulations and the principal of the school, use reasonable and appropriate nondeadly force upon a student.

If authorized by school regulations and the principal of the school, a teacher may use nondeadly force under this paragraph in any situation in which the teacher is responsible for the supervision of students.

A teacher employed by a school board, including a regional educational attendance area school board, may use nondeadly force under this paragraph only if the school regulations authorizing the use of force have been adopted by the school board.

Note: State laws are always changing through the enactment of newly signed lesiglation, decisions from higher courts, and other means. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of these pages, you also may want to contact an Alaska education attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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