67:42:10:11. Standards for discipline. Each program shall have a written policy on the discipline techniques to be used for a child in care. Discipline techniques used must offer clear-cut limits with positive guidance and direction to help a child to develop self-control and respect for the rights of others. Discipline techniques must be appropriate to the child's age and developmental level. Separation, when used as discipline, must be within sight or hearing range of a staff member responsible for caring for children. Discipline may not be delegated to older children or peers. Use of humiliating or frightening punishment such as the following are prohibited:
(1) Spanking, hitting, pinching, biting, shaking, or inflicting any other unusual physical punishment;
(2) Verbal abuse, threats, or derogatory remarks about self or family;
(3) Restriction of movement or confinement. A child may not be isolated in a locked room or closet;
(4) Punishment for lapses in toilet training;
(5) Withholding or forcing of meals, snacks, or naps to correct behavior; and
(6) Use of substances such as soap, pepper, or hot pepper sauce for punishment of undesirable behaviors.
Source: 7 SDR 66, 7 SDR 89, effective July 1, 1981; 31 SDR 40, effective September 29, 2004; 39 SDR 220, effective June 27, 2013.
General Authority: SDCL 26-6-16.
Law Implemented: SDCL 26-6-16.
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