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CALIFORNIA: private schools

Berean Bible Baptist Academy, Chula Vista
Here, "An accumulation of demerits can lead to corporal discipline" (no details provided). CP may also be used for a failure to complete assignments where the teacher believes the student has been lazy, but not if the teacher believes he or she has done his or her best.
  See also the student handbook acknowledgement form, which the student as well as the parent must sign, agreeing, in the event of breaking the rules, to "accept the discipline outlined with a good Christian attitude".

Bethel Christian Academy, El Sobrante
Parents must sign a consent form upon enrollment agreeing to the use of CP if required. A student receives a conduct slip after two instances of disobedience in a day, and is "sent to the office for swats" after three such instances in a day, or upon receiving three conduct slips within one grading period. In addition, swats are automatic for such transgressions as cheating, lying, fighting and blatant disrespect. The punishment consists of "three swats with a paddle on the bottom", administered by the principal for boys and "one of the lady staff members" for girls. The conduct slip is taken home for the parent to sign. The main punishment for students in grades 7 through 12 is detention, but they may be spanked if their disobedience persists.

Calvary Baptist Christian Academy, American Canyon
For students in all grades, corporal punishment may be requested to be performed by the parent.

Liberty Christian Schools, Redding
LCS admits international students in grades 9-12, but only if their parents authorize paddling.

COLORADO: private schools

CedarWood Christian Academy, Aurora
"Three (3) swats will be administered by a staff member of the same sex as your child, using a simple, flat paddle."

FLORIDA: private or charter schools

Faith Christian School, Port St. Joe
"Corporal punishment is administered privately and confidentially by the Principal or Vice Principal and witnessed by the student's teacher. No other students are present during the administration of corporal punishment and the punishment is not discussed with other students or parents." Parents may choose to administer the spanking themselves.

Family Life Academy, Archer
"Parents who do not believe in or practice corporal correction, as a viable means of child discipline, will not be considered for acceptance." Parents are notified only after the paddling has been administered. Failure to return a signed homework slip, failing to show up for detention, getting six demerits in a day or three detentions in one week, and continued scoring violations, are all offenses that "will result in corporal punishment". Students aged over 18 are not paddled. Student athletes in grades 6 to 12 who "receive multiple corporal punishments" within one week will be suspended from the game.

Inverness Christian Academy
One of the possible discipline consequences at this K-12 school is "to allow parents to use corporal punishment as necessary".

Joshua Christian Academy, Jacksonville
This document is the school's "Paddling Procedures Parent Agreement", which parents must sign in the presence of a notary. "I have read the above and agree to support Joshua Christian Academy in its policy of punishment and personally pledge my support to this scriptural approach to discipline." The punishment consists of "a reasonable number of firm strokes with a paddle".

Northside Christian Academy, Starke
This K-12 school "believes that corporal punishment is an effective means of disciplining a child". The parents may witness the ceremony, which is performed by the principal, unless the parents wish to do it themselves. "A female staff will be present when a female student is paddled." There is a maximum of 3 swats. As well as the parents signing the CP permission form, the student him- or herself must sign that he or she understands the consequences of breaking the rules.

Pillar of Hope Academy, Cocoa
"Swats" are administered at this K-12 school for deliberate disobedience. If the parent refuses consent for CP, the student is suspended or expelled.

Piney Grove Boys Academy, Lauderdale Lakes
This K-12 Baptist school "reserves the right to corporally discipline/spank students for rebellion involving major offenses or continued minor offenses". Only the Administrator may spank. Parents are contacted only after the event, but must have signed permission previously.

These Florida private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

Christian Life Academy, Gainesville

Greenacres Christian Academy

North Kissimmee Christian School, Kissimmee

FLORIDA: public schools

Calhoun County School District (covers Altha, Blountstown)
Moderate paddling by a teacher or principal is a possible response to both "less serious" and "more serious" misconduct. There is no mention of parental consent. Bus drivers are not allowed to give physical punishment.

Franklin County Schools (covers Apalachicola, Eastpoint)
"It is recommended that female staff members administer corporal punishment to female students (middle and high school)."

Gilchrist County School District (covers Bell, Trenton)
The paddle here is to be "no more than two feet long and one-half inch thick, and shall be smooth with no sharp edges or holes". In primary and intermediate grades there is a maximum of five strokes per day. At secondary level the maximum is seven strokes, "administered using one hand". It "shall be administered posteriorly with efforts made not to strike above the waist or below the buttocks".
  Stats: This Apr 2014 report says there were 72 paddlings here in 2011/12.

Gulf County Schools (covers Port St Joe, Wewahitchka)
CP may be administered for a first or second Level 1 offense (the least serious).

Hamilton County School District (covers Jasper, Jennings, White Springs)
At the elementary level (grades K to 6), corporal punishment is available for a wide range of misbehaviors (dress code, tardy, misconduct on the bus), but not for the most serious ones (smoking, assault).
  At the County High School, CP is not one of the listed responses to any specific offenses, but "may be substituted for listed consequences upon parent conference and administration approval". A high-school student may not be spanked on more than three occasions per school year.

Highlands County Schools (covers Avon Park, Lake Placid, Sebring)
"Paddling shall be administered on the posterior of the student and shall not exceed five (5) swats." Also, in a very unusual provision, "Students may not participate in or attend any school-sponsored activity the day they receive corporal punishment." CP is referred to 47 times in the Code of Conduct, covering a wide range of offenses at both elementary and secondary levels.

Holmes District Schools (covers Bonifay, Graceville, Ponce de Leon)
This school district "has no rule against reasonable and proper paddling of students for disciplinary reasons". It must be administered by the principal or designee. The Code of Conduct says there is a maximum of three strokes for any given infraction, but this March 2011 news item (with video clip) quotes the Superintendent as saying that the maximum is two licks.
  See also this March 2012 news item, according to which at Holmes County High School the paddle is made in the school woodshop and measures 16 in. long, 5 in. wide and half an inch thick; there are quotes from a senior student who has been paddled "plenty of times".
  Stats: This Apr 2015 news item reveals that 9.2 per cent of the student population were spanked in the latest year.

Jackson County Schools (covers Cottondale, Golson, Graceville, Grand Ridge, Malone, Marianna, Sneads)
-- Sneads High School
At Sneads High, students may be spanked for a second or subsequent Class I offense (the least serious).

Levy County School Board (covers Bronson, Cedar Key, Chiefland, Williston, Yankeetown)
CP here consists of a maximum of three licks with a paddle. No student is to undergo more than one paddling session per day.
  See also this March 2012 news item about a paddling at Joyce Bullock Elementary School that was contrary to the parent's wishes. And see this Apr 2015 news item.

Liberty County Schools, Bristol
-- Policy Manual
CP is one of the "disciplinary interventions" available for Level I and Level II infractions. It is particularly mentioned for a second bus offense. A form on page 2 requires the student to sign to confirm among other things that he or she has reviewed the corporal punishment consent information.
  The Policy Manual lays down a maximum of five (5) licks.
  Stats: During 2000/01, no CP was recorded at Liberty County High School. The same was true a decade later (2011/12), when the district was next surveyed. But during 2013/14, 50 boys and 18 girls were spanked on one or more occasions.

Okeechobee County School District
Very unusually for a public school district, CP here must be administered by the parent at the school (max. three paddle swats, to be "administered posteriorly"). "In every case of corporal punishment, the student, parent, and witness are to be told beforehand of the seriousness of the offense and the reason for the punishment as well as the number of swats he/she is to receive."

Union County School District, Lake Butler
Corporal punishment is defined here as "spanking a student after attaining approval from their parent or guardian". There is a maximum of three swats "on the posterior part of the body". These must be delivered by an administrator. "Under no circumstances shall the administrator's hand be used as the means of administering corporal punishment."
  Stats: See this Apr 2014 news item, stating that there were 114 paddlings in this district in 2011/12, and this Apr 2015 report that the figure increased to 138 in 2012/13 and that in most cases students were paddled at their own request instead of suspension.

Wakulla County Schools (covers Crawfordville, St Marks, Sopchoppy)
See section 5.301. School principals may give approval to any teacher to use corporal punishment, for disciplinary reasons but never for lack of work or unsuccessful work, and never in anger. It must be administered to the student's buttocks.
  History: See this March 2009 news item.

Washington County Schools (covers Chipley, Vernon)
CP is defined as "strokes applied as a penalty for acts of misconduct administered by the principal or designee upon the student's buttocks with a paddle". There is a maximum of five strokes per incident (use of the word "strokes" is relatively uncommon in US schools). It is not to be given to students under medical treatment. Parents may request exemption.
  Unusually, the possibility of students over 18 receiving a paddling is implied: "The student to whom corporal punishment is to be administered is to be informed of his/her offense, and parents of minors shall be informed of reasons for corporal punishment promptly after its administration, if requested" -- so the parents do not have to be informed if the recipient is not a minor.
  See also this Nov 2013 news item and this Nov 2014 one (with video clip).

These Florida public school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

Columbia County Schools, Lake City (elementary level only)
See also this May 2012 news item.

Suwannee County Schools, Live Oak
See also this Apr 2014 news item, stating that 360 paddlings took place in this district in 2011/12, and this May 2014 report, updating the statistics.

GEORGIA: private schools

Appling Christian Academy, Bazley [DOC]
Principal and teachers may paddle, but it should not be the first line of punishment for minor offenses. Written parental permission must be given.

Canaanland Christian School, Chatsworth (covers Whitfield, Murray, Gordon County)
This K-12 school provides "Automatic corporal punishment" for a variety of offenses from "pushing and shoving" to five demerits in one day or two detentions in a week. A paddling is also administered for a third "Scoring violation".

Georgia School for Innovation and the Classics, Hephzibah
"We believe that corporal punishment is a very effective method of punishment and serves as a strong deterrent to unacceptable behavior for students of all ages", says this K-12 charter school. Parents may withhold consent, but then the student is suspended for up to five days instead. "Parents are notified that their child is to be paddled. The student will be taken into an office and the door closed. The student will place their hands on their knees or piece of furniture and will be struck on the buttocks with a paddle." There is a maximum of three licks. The paddle is made of wood and measures 24" long, 6" wide and ¾" thick (which seems unusually thick).
  This school's decision in 2018 to introduce CP generated a lot of media publicity -- see this Sep 2018 news report.

Greater Augusta Christian Academy
Here there is a maximum of five strokes with "a simple flat paddle".

Holy Ground Baptist Academy, Roopville
At this K-12 school, "For actions requiring discipline in the form of corporal punishment (at the Administrator's discretion) the Academy Administrator will administer discipline before the child may leave school for that day". If the parent feels the punishment is too harsh, and/or the student refuses to accept corporal punishment (paddling), the parent or guardian will be asked to withdraw their child. It is no longer explicitly stated that paddling may be given for accruing 25 demerits in one semester.

John Hancock Academy, Sparta
If parents withhold consent for CP, the student is suspended for three to five days.

Midway Covenant Christian School, Powder Springs
At this K-8 school, discipline includes "spanking (done by the parent)".

New Hope Christian Academy, Saint Marys
This Student Application Form for grades 1-12 says, "Should corporal discipline (paddling) be needed, would you be willing to come to the school to administer it? If not, please explain".

Perimeter School, Johns Creek
At this K-8 school, CP ("spanking on a child's bottom with a paddle") is "often the most efficient and effective option, avoiding grade reduction and considerable time expended by parents and the administration". It may be administered by the teacher or principal. There is a maximum of three swats. An earlier version of this handbook specified that the paddle is to be of wood or plastic, 18 inches long. That language has disappeared. Another change from earlier years is that the paddling of female students in grades 6 through 8 is no longer ruled out. "When the student is female, only a female administrator/ teacher will administer corporal punishment."

Pinewood Christian Academy, Belleville
Corporal punishment may be applied for all and any offenses whether large or small, in all grades (K through 12). It is also specifically mentioned as a consequence for a 5th through 9th tardy, and this now includes students who arrive late to class, not just late to school.

Robert Toombs Christian Academy, Lyons
At this K-12 school, students are disciplined with a wooden paddle kept in the Headmaster's office. "Students will be given no more than three (3) licks on their behinds on any one occasion of paddling." Also, "A female faculty member shall be present if a female student is paddled".

Southwest Georgia Academy, Damascus
At this private but not religious school, there is a maximum of three licks. Either the teacher administering them, or the witness, must be of the same sex as the student. Parents may opt out in writing.

Terrell Academy, Dawson
"There is always a choice on corporal punishment", says this K-12 Christian school -- but only for boys: "NO female student will receive corporal punishment". There is a maximum of three strokes per offense, to be administered with a flat paddle by the Headmaster, the Dean of Students, or the Athletic Director. Parents must have given permission. For a first offense of bullying, the prescribed discipline is 3 days' detention, but "Additional punishment for first offense is at the discretion of the Headmaster, and may involve corporal punishment". For fighting, "The 1st offense punishment is at the discretion of the Headmaster and may be changed to corporal punishment".

Vidalia Heritage Academy, Vidalia
Spanking may be used for category II offenses, including cheating, disrespect and lying. Parents are informed, and invited to witness the punishment.

Westwood Schools, Camilla
"Westwood Schools does reserve the right to use corporal punishment as a disciplinary measure to correct inappropriate behavior of students. Should corporal punishment be used, parents/guardians will be notified in a timely manner."

Windsor Academy, Macon updated
Corporal punishment is carried out by the Head of School and involves "a maximum of 2 firm strokes". In previous versions the maximum was "3 firm strokes". At least one witness will "if possible" be of the same sex as the student being punished. Parents are contacted by phone beforehand.

These Georgia private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

Briarwood Academy, Warrenton

Central Fellowship Christian Academy, Macon

Citizens Christian Academy, Douglas [DOC]

Edmund Burke Academy, Waynesboro

Philadelphia Christian School, Calhoun, Georgia

GEORGIA: public schools

Appling County Schools, Baxley
-- Appling County Middle School
This district says "Corporal punishment will not be an option ... if it proves to be ineffective for a particular student".
  At the Middle School, CP may be used when "another means of modifying unacceptable behavior has been attempted and failed". There is a curious statement that "any withholding of corporal punishment is done after the parent makes a request", in which case the student will be suspended. Where the parent has made such a request, the student himself is "advised to remind teachers should the need arise if corporal punishment cannot be used".
  History: See this Nov 2009 news item about a boy paddled at the Middle School and his mother who complained about it.
  Stats: There were 349 paddlings in Appling County in 2010/11, most of them at primary/ elementary level.

Atkinson County Schools, Pearson
-- Atkinson County High School
Corporal punishment here consists of "no more than three licks on the student's buttocks" on any one occasion.
  At the High School, the paddle may be applied for "Level 1" behaviors, which include disruption, insubordination, bus and dress-code violations, driving offenses, disobedience, public display of affection, and profanity. These attract, at the second instance, a choice between ISS or OSS (1 day) or "one lick (Corporal Punishment)". The third such crime brings 3 days or 2 licks; the fourth, 5 days or 3 licks. Paddling may also be administered for a tenth tardy in a nine-week period.

Bleckley County Schools
-- Bleckley County High School, Cochran
The principal may administer corporal punishment, in his office, to any "student who selects this type of punishment". There is a maximum of three licks, "always on the buttocks". Students will not be held or restrained while being paddled.
  Stats: This is the third highest CP district in Georgia, with 343 paddlings in 2014/15, according to this Apr 2016 news item.

Chattooga County Schools, Summerville
-- High School Enrollment Packet [DOC]
Only administrators may paddle. Parents are informed afterwards. CP may be given at both elementary and secondary levels for disrupting class, inappropriate behavior, disrespecting teachers, profanity or not following instructions, and, at secondary level only, for a third or subsequent offence of skipping detention, skipping school, or leaving class or school without permission.
  The High School enrollment packet includes a form on which parents state whether they approve of CP.

Chickamauga City Schools
Here, CP may be imposed for "Category II Discipline (Intermediate Offenses)", at the Middle and High School only. It is not mentioned for the Elementary School.

Clinch County Schools, Homerville
-- Clinch County High School
This school for grades 8 through 12 has been described by U.S. News & World Report as "one of America's best High Schools". CP is described as "Physical punishment (paddling) by the principal or his designee" and comes second after detention in a list of disciplinary actions. For a sixth or subsequent tardy to class, "students will be escorted back to the classroom and assigned 1 day ISS or one day OSS to begin the next school day or will receive corporal punishment". More generally, students may be spanked for a second dress code violation, a first offense of sleeping in class or being unprepared for class, or a first public display of affection.
  Stats: 62 boys and 29 girls were paddled at this school in 2011/12. During 2015/16, 13 boys and 7 girls received a total of 31 spankings.

Coffee County Schools, Douglas
Corporal punishment is one of the disciplinary actions that may be imposed for any violation of the code of conduct. A form must be signed by parents if they do not wish their student to be paddled.
  Stats: Some 1,080 paddlings took place in this school district in 2004/05, equivalent to about 14% of the student roll.
  See also this Oct 2013 news item.

Decatur County Schools, Bainbridge
CP must be administered by the principal or assistant principal. It must not be excessive or unduly severe. There is a procedure for parental opt-out.
History: See, as regards Potter Street Elementary, this Feb 2009 news item.
  And see this Aug 2009 news item, which reported that CP was suspended in Feb 2009 and the Board of Education was considering whether to abolish it altogether or restore it.
  This March 2011 news item makes clear that paddling did in fact resume.

Dodge County Schools, Eastman
-- Dodge County High School
-- Dodge County Middle School
Corporal punishment may be administered only by the principal or his/her designee.
  At the High School (grades 9 through 12), "Corporal punishment is offered as an option for minor discipline offenses". These include tardies, chewing gum, parking violations, and dress code offenses. CP is defined as "Physical punishment (paddling)".
  The Middle School document says "Students who receive an office referral which warrants corporal punishment shall return a consent form with a parent's signature".
  Stats: 73 paddlings were provided in this district in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news item.

Dublin City Schools
"Corporal punishment may be deemed necessary by the principal or designee" for Class I violations (the least serious) in grades K through 12. Parents may request exemption in writing, suggesting an alternative punishment, but "when the alternative is determined by the principal to be ineffective, the use of corporal punishment may be reinstated".
  Stats: There were 84 paddlings in this district in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news item.

Early County School System, Blakely
Corporal punishment should be a "last resort" and not excessive. Parental refusal must be submitted annually in writing.
  Stats: Early County reported 855 spankings in 2004/05, representing 32% of student enrollment.

Jeff Davis County Schools, Hazlehurst
-- Jeff Davis High School
At the high school, the paddle may be applied for Level I and Level II offenses. It is not an option for major offenses. Parental requests not to use CP are honored.
  Stats: In 2015/16, paddlings were given to 37 boys and 2 girls in grades 9 through 12, in a total of 46 spanking sessions.

Lanier County Schools, Lakeland
At the High School, "Corporal Punishment may be administered in lieu of ISS or at the discretion of the principal". A parental consent form must be on file. CP is particularly mentioned for a first or second Level II offense (cheating, skipping class, etc.). CP may not be used in lieu of OSS.
  Stats: 32 boys and 8 girls received paddlings on one or more occasions in 2013/14.

Laurens County School System
-- Northwest Laurens Elementary School, Dudley [DOC]
-- West Laurens High School, Dexter
-- East Laurens Middle School, East Dublin
At Northwest Laurens Elementary, CP "shall not be administered as a first line of action unless approved by the parent". It is specifically mentioned for offenses on the school bus, when the student may be paddled "at the discretion of the administrator or the parent".
  East Laurens Middle School provides CP for a first offense of disrespect or insubordination, a second offense of disruption, and a minor case of threats.
  The High School says corporal punishment may be imposed for any violation, but it is particularly mentioned as a consequence for minor instances of threats or threatening gestures. There is no longer a maximum of 3 licks.
  See also this student newspaper article (2010) from West Laurens High, which noted that the assistant principal "spent a lot of time enacting [sic] corporal punishment".
  Being paddled does indeed appear to be a popular choice with the older teens: of 1,761 spankings in Laurens County as a whole in 2010/11, 504 were administered at West Laurens High. The two high schools together (East Laurens and West Laurens) accounted for 657 CP cases during the year, or 37% of the district total, according to Georgia Education Department figures. See also this Feb 2012 news report.
  See also this April 2016 news item (with video clip) featuring a Laurens County parent who approves of paddling for her elementary- and high-school offspring.
  And see this Aug 2016 report on, among other things, a two-lick paddling for an 11-year-old student (pictured) at Southwest Laurens Elementary. She and her mother both state that the punishment was effective.
  Stats: There were 358 paddlings at the two Middle Schools in 2010/11. The spankings total for Laurens County as a whole fell to 1,505 in the 2013 school year, according to this Jan 2014 news item. This Apr 2016 report updates that figure to 1,057 for 2014/15, which it says is the highest in Georgia.
  See also this Jan 2017 local newspaper report, which updates the figure to 2016, when there were 975 paddlings and 585 students paddled out of a total enrollment in Laurens County of 6,700, giving an "annual CP rate" of about 9%. The article also notes that only about one per cent of parents choose to opt their students out of CP.
  This Sep 2018 news item reports that paddlings in the district fell from 975 in 2016 to 557 in 2017, following the adoption of a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program.

Monroe County Schools, Forsyth
-- Mary Persons High School
-- Thomas G. Scott Elementary School
"Corporal punishment, used correctly, can be an effective method in dealing with discipline." It may be given by a principal or teacher; parents are to be given reasons on request; exemption requires a statement from a doctor.
  At Persons High School, CP is a possible consequence for minor (Level One) offenses. At TG Scott Elementary, CP is "an approved consequence for misconduct" and must be administered in the school office area.
  Stats: 20 paddlings were delivered by this district's schools in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news report.

Murray County Schools, Chatsworth
"Corporal punishment is a viable and effective option of discipline" which "may be used in lieu of any punishment listed in the Student Code of Conduct at the discretion of the school administration". It is specifically mentioned for any Class II offenses and for assault or bullying on the school bus. Exemption from CP requires a statement from a medical doctor that it would be detrimental.

Peach County Schools (covers Byron, Fort Valley)
A previous version here required that the instrument used for corporal punishment must not cause physical injury. The current version says that no instrument may be used at all, which must mean that spanking with the hand is the only form of CP now permitted. This is unique in US public schools as far as I am aware. As before, "no part of the body above the waist or below the knees may be struck".
  Written parental objections to CP will be honored, as also medical objections from a doctor.
  Stats: Peach Schools meted out 67 spankings in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news report.

Pulaski County Schools, Hawkinsville updated
-- Hawkinsville High School [DOC]
"3 Corporal Punishment Licks" is listed as a penalty for disruption, tobacco, disregard of directions, dress-code offenses, parking and traffic violations, obscenity, and harassment, among other things.
  Stats: There were 203 paddlings here in 2014/15, according to this Apr 2016 news item.

Richmond County Schools (covers Augusta, Blythe, Fort Gordon, Hephzibah)
See page 22. This district requires parental permission to be obtained in writing on each occasion before a student is paddled, an event described as "rare".
  History: See this Oct 2006 news item and this Nov 2008 news item.

Seminole County Schools
Corporal punishment may be administered in grades 6 through 12 for a second or subsequent Class I (minor) offense, and for a first Class I (intermediate) offense. A paddling in the Assistant Principal's office is also specifically mentioned for a fourth tardy to class or to school.

Toombs County Schools, Lyons
-- Toombs County High School
-- Toombs County Middle School
CP may be meted out only by administrators and not by ordinary teachers or parents. It is no longer laid down at pan-district level that the paddle used must be 24 inches long, 5 inches wide, and between ¼ and ½in thick, with a smaller one provided for elementary students, though this language does survive in the latest Middle School handbook.
  The High School used to have what it called the "Three-Two Preference", whereby the student could choose between corporal punishment (3 licks) and after-school detention (2 days). This latest version merely states that "A student may receive disciplinary action in the form of Corporal Punishment if the administration deems it necessary and the guardian has not submitted a letter stating that the student is not to be subjected to corporal punishment". This applies in particular to Level I ("minor") infractions. It is no longer specified that a paddling always consists of 3 licks, or that the student is necessarily offered a choice of punishment.
  At the Middle School, paddling may be used for a second offense of classroom disturbances, a first or second offense of horseplay, a second offense of public display of affection, and a first offense of disobedience, buying/selling, vulgarity, or misbehavior on the school bus.
  Stats: During 2011/12, 97 boys and 29 girls received paddlings on one or more occasions at Toombs County High School.

Treutlen County Schools, Soperton
Corporal punishment is no longer specifically mentioned for dress-code violations. Instead, it may now be applied for a first offense of fighting, and for disobedience on the bus.
  Stats: This district administered 108 paddlings in 2014/15, according to this Apr 2016 news item.

Walker County Schools (covers Chickamauga, Flintstone, LaFayette, Lookout Mountain, Rock Spring, Rossville)
CP is not to be used where parents have expressly objected to it in writing.
  History: See this July 2008 news item.

Wilcox County Schools, Rochelle
-- Wilcox County High School and Middle School
-- Employee Handbook
"The administration ... will be using corporal punishment as an alternative to In-School Suspension ... The administration will decide when and in what cases this form of punishment may be applied."
  At the High School and Middle School, paddling "will be administered in lieu of 2 or 3 days of ISS". It always consists of three licks. It is mentioned in particular for a first offense of downloading songs from the school computer network, a second offense of courting, a third offense of sleeping in class, a first or second offense of gambling or skipping class, and a first, second or third offense of abusive language. Also, "Students who accumulate 7 tardies will receive 2 days ISS or 3 licks for each additional tardy thereafter (up to 10 days) until the end of the semester". Strangely, it is explicitly stated that CP may not be used for disrespect towards teachers.
  The district's Employee Handbook stipulates that the punishment be applied "Only with the principal's paddle or appropriate substitute, and always on the buttocks", and that "Students should never be held or restrained while being paddled".
  Stats 1: Wilcox County High School paddled 65 boys and 20 girls during 2000/01. No CP was recorded there in 2004/05 or 2006/07. During 2013/14, 102 of the 174 boys and 53 of the 170 girls were spanked on at least one occasion. In 2015/16, 64 boys and 31 girls at Wilcox County High School received spankings on 252 occasions.
  Stats 2: This Apr 2016 news item said Wilcox County was at that time the number two paddling district in Georgia, with 632 spankings in 2014/15, and that the County High School was the top paddling school in the state.

Worth County Schools, Sylvester
Corporal punishment is a disciplinary consequence at the elementary and middle schools. It is no longer mentioned at the High School level.

These Georgia public schools or school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details beyond standard Georgia wording about CP not normally being a first resort:

Baker County K-12 School, Newton
-- Stats: There were 39 paddlings at this school in 2010/11.

Camden County Schools (covers Kingsland, St Marys, Woodbine)

Carroll County Schools

Dade County Schools, Trenton, Georgia
-- History: see this July 2008 news item, in which the board chairman stated that CP was not much used in the middle and high schools, but it was used in the elementary schools.

Effingham County Schools, Springfield, Georgia

Hall County Schools, Gainesville, Georgia
-- History: see this Dec 2008 news item.

Heard County School System, Franklin

Jefferson County Schools (covers Louisville, Wadley, Wrens)
-- Stats: See this Oct 2006 news item, which reports that there were 212 paddlings in this district in 2005/06, up from 189 the previous year.

Johnson County Schools, Wrightsville
See also this Apr 2016 news item.

Miller County Schools, Colquitt

Taylor County Schools, Butler, Georgia
See also this Apr 2016 news item.

Union County Schools, Blairsville

Ware County Schools, Waycross
-- Stats: There were 277 paddlings in Ware County schools in 2016, according to this Jan 2017 news item.

Wayne County Schools, Jesup

Wheeler County Schools, Alamo
See also this Apr 2016 news item.

Wilkinson County Schools, Irwinton
See also this Jan 2014 news item (with video clip) about a contested middle-school paddling.
-- Stats: From the 92 spankings in 2013 mentioned in that Jan 2014 report, the number fell to 32 in 2014/15, according to this April 2016 news item.

These Georgia public schools or school districts are also known to have used corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when last checked, or were not on line at all:

Telfair County Schools, McRae -- see this Apr 2016 news item

IDAHO: private schools

The Ambrose School, Meridian
At this K-12 Christian school near Boise, spanking is administered with the consent of parents. If parents refuse consent, the student is suspended or expelled. "5,000 years of history support spanking as an effective means of disciplining children." However, "Students older than the 6th grade will not be spanked". There is a maximum of three swats on the buttocks with a paddle. If the student being disciplined is female, a female adult witness must be present.

Petra Christian Academy, Boise
This K-10 school "has full discretion in the discipline of students while at the school, including paddling".

Table Rock Christian School, Driggs
"When chastisement by spanking is indicated and agreed to by both the school and the parent(s), we request that the parent(s) administer the spanking as soon as possible and preferably at the school."

Twin Falls Christian Academy
-- Application form
The main disciplinary method is a demerit system, but "If the administration feels that demerits are not changing a student's behavior, a paddling may be given in lieu of demerits".
  Parents must sign that "We hereby invest authority in the school to discipline our child when necessary, corporally or otherwise".

IDAHO: public schools

Midvale School District
"Corporal punishment when used with discretion can be an effective behavior modifier. Discretion is the key. For this reason, corporal punishment (spanking) will only be used when a rule violation or student behavior would warrant suspension from school." Also, "Parent(s) will be notified or permission obtained before administering corporal punishment (spanking). Parent(s) may choose to administer the punishment or delegate to the school official."

ILLINOIS: private schools

Legacy Christian Academy, Caseyville [DOC]
Includes a form on which parents may either give or decline permission for CP. There is a maximum of three swats.

New Hope Christian Academy, Harrisburg
"All enrolled students are subject to corporal correction as a discipline option by virtue of their parent's signature on the Parents' Contract acknowledging parental understanding of and consent to the corporal correction policy and procedure." "Correction will be administered in the presence of two staff members, one preferably of the same gender as the offending student." "Paddling will always be handled by administration only after consulting the parents." "The swats will be administered with a wooden paddle to the lower buttock -- upper leg region and will not exceed three (3) in number."

New Hebron Christian School, Robinson
Regular penalties at this K-8 school include loss of privileges and time-out, but "if after an agreed period the student has not corrected the behavior, corporal punishment may become necessary". This is administered by the principal or assistant principal, and consists of "no more than 3 swats on the buttocks". Parents are sent written notification afterwards.

INDIANA: private schools

Harlan Christian School [DOC]
"Spanking is allowed in all grades" at this school for grades 1 through 12. It must be "carried out in the principal's office or place of privacy".
  See also the registration form [DOC], where parents must sign that "I/We give permission for my child to be paddled, if necessary".

Heritage Christian High School / Protestant Reformed Christian School, Dyer
"Corporal punishment shall be limited to spanking the disobedient child on the buttocks." Requests for exemption from spanking "shall be presented in person to the Education Committee of the school" but only for "medical or other well-grounded reasons."

Kingdom Academy, Bluffton
For major offenses at this K-12 school, "The administrator is called in and decides the magnitude of the offense. If administrator recommends ISS or corporal punishment they will consult with parents and inform the board by phone or email."

These Indiana private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

Acacia Academy, Kokomo

Liberty Christian School, Anderson

Mooresville Christian Academy

INDIANA: public schools

Anderson Community School Corporation
The paddle must be made of wood and applied to the buttocks only. Most unusually, the latest version of the handbook stipulates that the paddling shall consist of only one swat. Male staff may paddle female students, but only if a female staff member is the witness, and vice versa. The parent must have filled out a consent form beforehand. No student may be spanked on more than two separate occasions per year.

Clay Community Schools, Knightsville, Indiana
-- Administrative Guidelines for Corporal Punishment
Paddling may be performed by a teacher or principal. This is the secondary handbook; the elementary one has identical language, but the middle-school handbook doesn't mention CP.
  The administrative guidelines (dated 2008 but apparently still in force) state that parents must be contacted ahead of the spanking and may forbid it, in which case the student is suspended. If the parents approve the paddling, they may request to witness it. In an unusual provision, "The discipline must be administered no later than twenty-four hours following due process with the student". There is a maximum of three swats. Also, CP "will be offered as a one-time-only option to suspension in a given semester".

Monroe Central School Corporation
-- Monroe Central High School, Parker City
"Paddling is legal in the state of Indiana and may be used as alternative discipline."

These Indiana public school districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

Attica Consolidated School Corporation

East Washington School Corporation

Goshen Community Schools

North Spencer County School Corporation
-- Heritage Hills Middle School, Lincoln City
-- Elementary Schools

Randolph Central School Corporation, Winchester
-- Winchester Community High School

Wes-Del Community Schools, Gaston

KANSAS: public schools

Stafford Schools
Parents wishing exemption from CP must so notify the principal in writing, "preferably at the time of enrollment".

KENTUCKY: private schools

Carter Christian Academy, Grayson [DOC]
This K-12 school "reserves the right to use corporal discipline with any student". There is a maximum of two swats at any one time, to be delivered in the administrator's office with a wooden paddle. "Swats will not be administered with the hand."

Christian Fellowship School, Benton
"Spankings should be reserved mainly for open, defiant rebellion against authority", and "In no case will a male staff member spank a female student".

Community Christian Academy, Independence [DOC]
"A teacher or administrator may administer swats." Parents must sign that they support this policy.
  In grades K through 6, "Automatic corporal correction" is administered for every 6 tallies clocked up by the student in a one-week period. In grades 7 through 12, when a student accumulates too many demerits, the parent must choose ISS, OSS or CP -- either 1, 2 or 3 swats depending on the number of demerits.

Heritage Christian School, Owensboro
The penalties for "major offenses" here (lying, cheating, stealing, profanity, vulgarity, fighting, disrespect) are "Suspension, probation, or spanking".

London Christian Academy, London, Kentucky
At this K-12 school, up to five strokes with a paddle will be administered for a range of offenses including cheating, lying, fighting, etc. and "any repeat offense after warning".

Micah Christian School, Louisville
There is no opting-out of paddling here: "All parents are required to sign the corporal punishment agreement" on registration.

Pleasant View Christian School, Bromley
"Corporal correction" is "exercised" here under "Biblical admonition", when a student accumulates 7 demerits and also for various serious offenses. There is a maximum of four strokes "with a simple flat paddle".

Somerset Christian School
"If detention is not effective in reforming behavior, suspensions or corporal punishment may result." CP is particularly mentioned as a consequence for profane/indecent language or writing, and for fireworks/ knives/ weapons.
  All secondary students are required to sign an Honor Code Pledge and acknowledge that they may be spanked for violating it.

These Kentucky private schools also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

Kentucky Christian Academy, Campbellsville

KENTUCKY: public schools

Floyd County School District (includes Allen, Betsy Layne, Bevinsville, Eastern, Grethel, Hi Hat, Martin, McDowell, Prestonburg) [DOC]
Corporal punishment consists of "striking a student on the buttocks with a paddle". Written parental permission is required. A current list must be maintained of students who have received a paddling twice or more, with a view to developing a behavior improvement plan for each such student.
  Stats: This Sep 2011 news item says there were 337 paddlings in Floyd County from 2007 to 2010 inclusive.

Harlan County Schools (includes Baxter, Bledsoe, Brownsville, Cawood, Cumberland, Evarts, Grays Knob, Kenvir, Wallins)
"Corporal punishment shall be administered by striking the student's buttocks with a paddle." The person delivering the paddling shall be of the same sex as the student, "except when a staff member of the appropriate gender is not assigned to the school".
  Stats: This Sep 2011 news item says there were 338 paddlings in Harlan County from 2007 to 2010 inclusive. In 2016/17 there were 21 spankings, according to this Mar 2018 report. This increased to 30 in 2017/18.

These Kentucky public schools or districts also state that they use corporal punishment, but give few or no details:

Elliott County Schools, Sandy Hook

Hazard Independent Schools [DOC]

Hopkins County Schools, Madisonville

Lawrence County Schools, Louisa

Pulaski County School System (covers Somerset) [DOC]
-- Stats: See this May 2011 report that 89 paddlings were administered here in 2009/10. That figure had fallen to 64 by 2015, according to this Sep 2016 news item, and to 53 by 2016/17, says this Mar 2018 news report, before increasing to 67 in 2017/18.

Wayne County Schools, Monticello
-- Stats: Wayne County provided 15 spankings in 2016/17, according to this Mar 2018 news report.

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