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    Student Privacy Searches

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    Searches of Students and Their Property 
    A student is subject to search by district staff if reasonable grounds exist to suspect that evidence of a violation of the law or school rules will be uncovered. School staff shall report a student's suspicious activity to the principal prior to initiating a search, except in emergency situations. 

    1. Establishing reasonable grounds. The following review of the basis for the search should occur before conducting a search: 
      1. Identify: 
        1. the student's suspicious conduct, behavior or activity; 
        2. the source of the information; 
        3. the reliability of the source of such information. 
      2. If suspicion could be confirmed, would such conduct be a violation of the law or school rules? 
      3. Is the student likely to possess or have concealed any item, material or substance which is itself prohibited or which would be evidence of a violation of the law or a school rule? 
    2. Conducting the search. If the principal, or his/her designee, determines that reasonable grounds exist to search a student's clothing, personal effective, desk, locker, assigned storage area or automobile, the search shall be conducted as follows: 
      1. If evidence of criminal activity is suspected to be present, and prosecution by civil authorities will be recommended if confirmed by the search, contact law enforcement officials immediately. 
      2. If evidence of violation of a school rule is suspected, and if confirmed by the search will be handled as a student discipline action, proceed to search by asking the student to remove all items from pockets, purses, handbags, backpacks, gym bags, etc. 
      3. If the student refuses to cooperate in a personal search, the student should be held until the student's parent or guardian is available to consent to the search. If a parent or guardian cannot be reached in a reasonable time, the principal may conduct the search without the student's consent. 

    Locker Searches 
    Students may be assigned lockers for storing and securing their books, school supplies and personal effects. Lockers, desks and storage areas are the property of the school district. No right nor expectation of privacy exists for any student as to the use of any locker issued or assigned to a student by the school. 

    No student may use a locker, desk or storage area as a depository for any substance or object which is prohibited by law or school rules or which poses a threat to the health, safety or welfare of the occupants of the school building or the building itself. 

    Any student's locker, desk or other storage area shall be subject to search if reasonable grounds exist to suspect that the search will yield evidence of the student's violation of the law or school rules. Any search of an individual student's locker shall be conducted according to board policy governing personal searches. 

    All student lockers may be searched at any time without prior notice and without reasonable suspicion that the search will yield evidence of any particular student's violation of the law or school rules. If the school official conducting such a search develops a reasonable suspicion that any container inside the locker, including but not limited to a purse, backpack, gym bag or an article of clothing, contains evidence of a student's violation of the law or school rules, the container may be searched according to board policy governing personal searches. 

    The superintendent shall establish procedures for conducting searches of lockers, desks or storage area. 

     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    LEGAL REFS.:
    RCW 13.64.060  
    RCW 28A.320.040  
    RCW 28A.600.020  
    RCW 28A.600.210-240  
    RCW WAC 392-400-215  

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