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Standard Democrat, Sikeston, Missouri, 4 October 2019
[Sikeston R-6 School Board changes monthly meeting time]
By Leonna Heuring
SIKESTON -- In an effort to better accommodate its patrons, the Sikeston R-6 Board of Education will begin an hour later for regular monthly meetings.
In other action by the board, an amendment to board policy JGA-1, which deals with corporal punishment, was approved. The policy was amended to state that corporal punishment will not be used in the district.
"We're making the shift to become a trauma-informed school district, and in order to be in line with our efforts there as far as a school district, we made the change of not participating in corporal punishment for that reason as well as liability reasons for our staff," Robinson said.
He continued: "Obviously, if parents choose to use corporal punishment, that's a parent's choice. It's not that we are in opposition to it, but as far as the district, we made that change."
The amended policy now reads: "For the purposes of this policy, corporal punishment is the use of physical force as a method of correcting student behavior. No person employed by or volunteering on behalf of the Sikeston R-6 shall administer corporal punishment or cause corporal punishment to be administered upon a student attending district schools. A staff member may, however, use reasonable physical force against a student for the protection of the student or other persons or to protect property. Restraint of students in accordance with the district's policy on student seclusion, isolation and restraint is not a violation of this policy."
In other district news, the superintendent noted districtwide enrollment has increased by a total of 80 students with total district enrollment as of Sept. 4 as 3,509 students.
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