• JFG: Searches and Seizures


    Students have the right to privacy and freedom from unreasonable search or property seizures. Students have the right to place their belongings in lockers, where available, as long as those belongings do not threaten the health or safety of themselves and others

    On occasion, it may be necessary for school staff or law enforcement officers to act to ensure a safe and drug-free environment. These actions may include searching the contents of a student's locker, desk, person and personal property, gym back, backpack, or automobile. Staff and officers only conduct searches if there are reasonable grounds for suspecting the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or the school's rules.

    School lockers are the property of the District. Those lockers and any contents are subject to random searches, regardless of whether there is reasonable suspicion that a student broke the law or school rule. In addition, there may be a generalized "sniff search" of school building contents using trained narcotics-detecting dogs. The use of dogs may be unannounced and random. If a trained canine alerts to a particular vehicle, locker, or another container, it creates reasonable suspicion to search that vehicle, locker, or container under this policy. Dogs should not, however, search persons.

    The District may use electronic metal detectors to prevent weapons and other contraband from being brought into facilities.

    The District may equip schools or buses with video cameras for monitoring purposes.

    School authorities or law enforcement officers confiscate weapons, dangerous implements, illegal drugs, and narcotics found on school premises or in possession of students.

    School authorities may confiscate articles that have the potential to disturb the educational process. A parent or guardian may retrieve these articles from the school.


    • Adopted: September 6, 2001
    • Amended: June 28, 2022

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