Search and Seizure
If school officials have reasonable suspicion to believe that an illegal/criminal act or a violation of school rules and regulations is being committed or is about to be committed, the school officials may search the person and the personal property including that property or facility provided by the school and seize any property deemed injurious or detrimental to the safety and welfare of the students and staff.
The search of a student’s person or belongings will be limited to a time when there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the student is withholding evidence of an illegal act or violation of a school rule. Any search of a student’s person will be conducted in the privacy of a school office except in an emergency where delay might endanger the welfare of the student or other persons. Appropriate protocols will be included in any student search.
Seizure of Property
Illegal items, stolen property or other possessions reasonably determined by school authorities to be a threat to the safety or security of students or others will be seized by school officials. Such items include, but are not limited to, guns, other dangerous weapons, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Other items that may be used to substantially disrupt or materially interfere with the education process will be temporarily removed from the student’s possession. Dangerous weapons, including guns, knives, metal knuckles or any other weapon, the purpose of which is to injure other persons or property, will be promptly turned over to a representative of the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Student’s possession will be seized and returned to appropriate school personnel. Illegal or dangerous items, or items prohibited by this handbook, will be seized and held for appropriate disposition.
Special Inspections of Individual Student Lockers: Special inspection of individual lockers may be made when there is reasonable suspicion to believe that illegal or dangerous items that are evidence of a violation of the law or school rules are contained in them.