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P 1433 Prohibition Against Firearms and Weapons

The presence of firearms and weapons poses a substantial risk of serious harm to District students, staff and community members.  Therefore, possession of firearms and weapons is prohibited on school premises at all times, except for law enforcement officials and as otherwise provided in this policy.  As used in this policy, the phrase school premises includes all District buildings, grounds, vehicles and parking areas.  This prohibition also extends to the sites of school activities, whether or not those school activities are conducted on School District property.

Individuals found to be in violation of this policy will be dealt with severely.  Students will be disciplined up to and including expulsion as provided in Policy and Regulation 2620 - Firearms and Weapons in School.  Law enforcement officials will be notified and the individual violating this policy will be directed to leave school premises.  Non-students violating this policy will be barred from all school premises and school activities for a period of one (1) year.  Subsequent violations by the same individual will result in a permanent bar from school premises and school activities.

Student participation in school-sanctioned gun safety courses, student military or ROTC courses, or other school sponsored firearm related events does not constitute a violation of this policy,  provided thestudent does not carry a firearm or other weapon into any school, school bus, or onto the premises of any other activity sponsored or sanctioned by school officials.  In addition, persons passing through school district property for purposes of dropping off or picking up a student do not violate this policy if they possess a lawful permitted weapon in the vehicle during this time.

Board Approved Date: May 7, 2015
Last Updated: May 2015