Search and Seizure
To maintain order and security in the schools, school authorities are
authorized to conduct reasonable searches of school property and
equipment, as well as of students and their personal effects.
School Property and Equipment As Well As Personal Effects Left There By Students
School authorities may inspect and search school property and
equipment owned or controlled by the school (such as lockers, desks, and
parking lots), as well as personal effects left there by a student,
without notice to or the consent of the student. Students have no
reasonable expectation of privacy in these places or areas or in their
personal effects left there.
The Superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement
officials to conduct inspections and searches of lockers, desks, parking
lots, and other school property and equipment for illegal drugs,
weapons, or other illegal or dangerous substances or materials.
School authorities may search a student and/or the student’s personal
effects in the student’s possession (such as purses, wallets,
knapsacks, book bags, lunch boxes, etc.) when there is a reasonable
ground for suspecting that the search will produce evidence the
particular student has violated or is violating either the law or the
District’s student conduct rules. The search itself must be conducted
in a manner which is reasonably related to its objectives and not
excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the
nature of the infraction.
Seizure of Property
If a search produces evidence that the student has violated or is
violating either the law or the District’s policies or rules, such
evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities, and
disciplinary action may be taken. Such evidence may be transferred to
law enforcement authorities.
Adopted: March 16, 1998