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Elk Grove USD  |  AR  5145.12  Students

Search And Seizure   

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Upon enrollment and at the beginning of each school year, students and parents/guardians shall receive notice that the district uses random searches as part of its program to promote safety and deter the presence of weapons.

The following procedures shall be followed when making metal detector scans:

1. Before walk-through, students shall be asked to empty their pockets and belongings of all metal objects.

2. After an initial activation occurs, students shall be asked to remove metallic objects that they may be wearing, such as jewelry or a belt, and shall be asked to walk through a second time.

3. If a second activation occurs, a hand-held metal detector will be used.

4. If the activation is not eliminated or explained, staff shall escort the student to a private area.

5. In the private area, an expanded search shall be conducted by a staff member of the same sex as the student and witnessed by another staff member. Searches shall be made in the presence of at least two district employees. Employees will not conduct strip searches.

6. The search shall be limited to the detection of weapons.

Use of Trained Contraband Detection Dogs

Contraband detection dogs shall not be used in rooms occupied by persons except for demonstration purposes, with the handler present. When used for demonstration purposes, the dog may not sniff the person of any individual and shall be well separated from the audience.

Before conducting an inspection, students will be asked to leave the room which will be subject to the canine sniff. Students will not be required to leave personal items behind for inspection.

Only the dog's official handler will determine what constitutes an alert by the dog. If the dog alerts on a particular item or place, the student having the use of that place or responsibility for it shall be called to witness the search. If a dog alerts on a locked vehicle, the student who brought it onto district property shall be asked to unlock it for inspection.


At the beginning of the school year, students and parents/guardians will be informed about the district's policies for searches and seizures, including notice regarding:

1. The general inspections of school properties, such as lockers and desks, which will be conducted on a regular, announced basis.

2. The district's contraband dog detection program.

3. The use of metal detector scans.

The Superintendent or designee shall post signs at schools at which metal detectors are used. These signs will notify individuals that anyone may be scanned by metal detectors for guns, knives, and other illegal weapons while the individual is on campus or attending an athletic or extracurricular event.

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)


approved: October 29, 1984 Elk Grove, California

revised: June 19, 1995

revised: January 27, 2017