Comments from 12/7/19 Poll - Student Touch Policies

Does your school/district have a policy that spells out permissible appropriate touching of a student? (For example, a hug, a pat on the back, a directional touch on the arm, etc.)  

Answer Respondent
Being a music teacher, some "touching" is necessary in instruction. Anonymous
A great idea as there are times it is necessary to touch a child or young adult and having a clear policy separates the gray areas that many issues tend to arise from. Anonymous
My guess is no, but I'm not sure. Anonymous
Unfortunately these days we have policies to the opposite- when staff can not touch students and what is considered “over the line” and all consequences related to that. How sad life is when we dictate what is permissible and what is not. Would be interested in seeing other school’s policies! Anonymous
Students should not be touched in any way that could be construed as inappropriately affectionate, including lap sitting, lifting students onto playground equipment, etc. Anonymous
Thank god! Anonymous
We have a policy that is very specific about touching a student Anonymous

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