Discipline: DENYING PE AS SCHOOL DISCIPLINE

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Chris:  My child 11 yrs old was denied PE and social time as a consequence to misbehavior during class and once on the playground. Is is legal to deny a child PE or social interaction as a discipline ?

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Chuck
06/22/2016 11:59 am

Unfortunately this is a practice that many educators feel is appropriate & legal. My opinion is that if this needs to be done more than a time or two, then it is not working, & an IEP meeting should be requested to address the child’s behavior in an appropriate manner.

Admin
06/23/2016 2:01 pm
Reply to  Chuck

Agree with Chuck. The IEP team can specify that your child will not be punished by withholding PE. Ask for a Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan.
Read this article about Denying PE: https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/taking-away-recess-as-punishment-does-it-help/
Download and print the Policy Statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics on “The Crucial Role of Recess in School.” Make several copies of the Policy Statement, share with IEP team members at the meeting that you need to request to address your child’s behavior needs. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/131/1/183.full