Board seeks to ensure a learning environment which protects the health, safety
and welfare of students and staff. To assist the Board in attaining these goals,
district officials may, subject to the requirements below, search a student's
person and property, including property assigned by the district for the
student's use. Such searches may be conducted at any time on district property
or when the student is under the jurisdiction of the district at
All searches for evidence of a violation conducted by the district shall be
subject to the following requirements:
district official shall have individualized, "reasonable
suspicion" to believe evidence of a violation of law, Board policy,
administrative regulation or school rule is present in a particular place;
The search shall be "reasonable in scope." That is, the measures
used are reasonably related to the objectives of the search are not
excessively intrusive in light of the age, sex, maturity of the student
and nature of the infraction.
District officials may also search when they have reasonable information
that emergency/dangerous circumstances exist.
Routine inspections of
district property assigned to students may he conducted at any time.
Use of drug-detection dogs and hand held metal detectors, or similar detection
devices, may be used only on the authorization of the superintendent.
District officials may seize
any item which is evidence of a violation of law, Board policy, administrative
regulation or school rule, or which the possession or use of is prohibited by
such law, policy, regulation or rule.
Students may be searched by law
enforcement officials on district property or when the student is under the
jurisdiction of the district upon the request of the law enforcement official.
Law enforcement requests shall be based on a warrant unless an emergency exists
District officials will make a reasonable attempt to notify the
student's parent(s) in advance except in emergency situations. and
Parents of children in arades K-6 will be
allowed to be present for all such searches, whenever possible.
shall develop an administrative regulation for implementing this policy in a
manner which protects students' rights and provides a safe learning environment
without unreasonable interference. Provisions for staff, student and parent
notice of the Board's policy and accompanying regulation shall be included.
by committee 12/16/99