509.7B(1) Prohibition. The Urbandale Community School District will not permit or tolerate the possession, displa or use of weapons and/or other dangerous objects by any person on school premises or vehicles, while the person is participating in or attending District events and activities, or while the person is away from school grounds if such conduct directly affects the good order and management of the District. Students who violate this policy may be subject to expulsion and/or other disciplinary action. Weapons shall be taken from the students and others who bring them onto school premises, vehicles or to school activities. Items which may be illegal to possess shall be turned over to proper authorities. Violations of this policy will be reported to law enforcement agencies as required by law. Weapons under the control of law
enforcement officials shall be exempt from the policy. The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons for
education purposes on a limited basis and may allow the Iowa National Guard, United States reserve forces or training corps
to perform honor guard services on school grounds.
509.7B(2) Definition. Any object which could be used to injure another person and which has no school-related purpose will be considered a weapon. Any object which has a school-related purpose but which is used to threaten or inflict injury will also be considered a weapon. Weapons include, but are not limited to, knives of all types, guns, firearms, metal
pipes, chains, numchucks, throwing stars, metal knuckles, blackjacks, fireworks, explosives or other chemicals, simulated
weapons, including toys that can reasonable be mistaken for a weapon.
509.7B(3) Sanctions. Students may be subject to expulsion for violating this prohibition against weapons. The administration may impose a lesser sanction if in its judgment all of the circumstances surrounding the incident warrant a less severe sanction. The following serve as guidelines for the administration when weapons which are not firearms are involved.
a. Suspension for three to five days for possession of a weapon.
b. Suspension for five to ten days for display of a weapon.
c. Suspension with recommendation for expulsion for displaying a weapon in a threatening manner or for use of a weapon to inflict harm or injury to another person or for placing others in imminent danger.
Middle and High School Students:
a. Suspension for at least five days for possession of a weapon.
b. Suspension for at least ten days for display of a weapon.
c. Suspension with recommendation for expulsion for display of a weapon in a threatening manner or for use of a weapon to inflict harm or injury to another person or for placing others in imminent danger.
509.7(4) Firearms. Any student who is determined to have brought a firearm to school will be expelled from school for a period of not less than one calendar year. The Superintendent shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis. The purpose of this policy, the term "firearm" includes any weapon, which is designed or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive, incendiary device, or poison gas.
a. Eyewitness observation by school personnel; or
b. Information received from a reliable source; or
c. Suspicious behavior by the student; or
d. The student past history; or
e. Articulable circumstantial evidence.
Reasonable Scope. All searches of students or their belongings as specified in subsection 512.2(1) shall be reasonably related in scope to the circumstances which gave rise to the need for a search and shall be based upon consideration of relevant factors which include, but are not limited to:
a. The nature of the violation for which the search is being instituted;
b. The age or ages and gender of the students who may be searched;
c. The objectives to be accomplished.
d. The emergency requiring the search without delay.
Procedures. Authorized personnel may ask a student to open and/or empty his/her pockets, handbag, briefcase, book bag, or other personal belongings when there is reasonable suspicion that the student has prohibited item in his/her possession. If the student fails to comply, an administrative staff member or his/her designee may search the student or
the student's belongings in the presence of another adult. Searches, which involve the removal of any clothing (e.g.,
jacket or socks), shall be conducted by a person of the same sex as the student and shall be, conducted in private and in
the presence o a witness of the same sex. Except in cases of emergency (e.g., it is believed the student may harm himself/herself or others), other staff members shall not conduct a search. Strip searches, body cavity searches and the use of a drug-sniffing animal to search the student's body shall not be allowed. If a prohibited item is found in a personal search, appropriate disciplinary action may be taken. Items, which may be illegal to posses, may be turned over to proper authorities.
Lockers, Desks, and School Facilities.
Periodic Inspections. Lockers, desks and other facilities and spaces remain at all times property of the District, even though temporarily assigned as a courtesy to students. These facilities are subject to unannounced inspections, and students have no legitimate expectations of privacy in these facilities even though they may be locked. Written notice shall be given annually to each student and his/her parents, guardians or custodians that the District may conduct periodic inspections without prior notice of all or a randomly selected number of school lockers, desks and other facilities or spaces owned by the District and provided as a courtesy to students. The inspection shall occur in the presence of the student or at least one other person. If a prohibited item is found in a periodic inspection, the student may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, and items, which may be illegal, may be turned over to proper authorities.
Search. An administrative staff member may search a locker, desk or other assigned facility or space when there is reasonable suspicion the student has a prohibited item. The student need not be present at the time of the search, but
another person shall be present. Other authorized personnel may request a student open his/her locker, desk or other
assigned facility or space and disclose it's contents when there is a reasonable suspicion the student has a prohibited item
in the facility. Except in cases of emergency, non-administrative staff personnel shall not search the locker, desk or other
assigned space without the student's consent. If a prohibited item is found in a search, the student may be subject to
appropriate disciplinary action, and items which may be illegal to possess may be turned over to the proper authorities.
Searches by Law Enforcement. Law enforcement officials, other than the District's School Resource Officer, will not be allowed to search students, their belongings, desks, lockers or automobiles on school premises unless pursuant to an arrest, a valid warrant or other reason allowed by law.
See Board Policy 509 - Student Behavior and Discipline.
See Board Policy 512 - Student Searches.
See Board Policy 634 Exh A - Assessment Program .