Search & Seizure

Building administrators or their designees may, without a search warrant, conduct reasonable searches of students, student lockers, personal effects, desks, or work areas, based on a reasonable suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or the rules, policies, or regulations of the school. Individualized suspicion is not required.

Notwithstanding the requirements stated above, building administrators or their designees may conduct periodic inspections of all, or a randomly selected number of student lockers, desks, and other facilities or spaces provided to the student by the District. The District shall provide written notice to each student and the student’s parents, guardians, or custodians at the beginning of each school year that building administrators or their designees may conduct periodic inspections without prior notice. Any inspection conducted pursuant to this policy shall be done either in the presence of the students involved or in the presence of at least one other person.

All searches shall be reasonable in scope and will not be excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and gender and the nature of the suspected infraction. All searches shall be conducted in a manner that maintains order and discipline in the schools, promotes the educational environment, and protects the safety and welfare of students, employees, and visitors to the District facilities.