Novato USD | BP 5131.7 Students
Weapons And Dangerous Instruments
The Board of Education recognizes that students and staff have the right to a safe and secure campus free from physical and psychological harm and desires to protect them from the danger presented by firearms and other weapons.
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 3515.3 - District Police/Security Department)
(cf. 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment)
(cf. 5131 - Conduct)
(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)
Possession of Weapons
The Board prohibits any student from possessing weapons, imitation firearms, or other dangerous instruments as defined in law and administrative regulation, in school buildings, on school grounds or buses, at school-related or school-sponsored activities away from school, or while going to or coming from school.
Student possessing or threatening others with any weapon, dangerous instrument or imitation firearm shall be subject to suspension and/or expulsion in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulations.
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Individuals with Disabilities))
Under the power granted to the Board to protect the safety of students, staff, and others on district property and to maintain order and discipline in the schools, any school employee is authorized to confiscate any prohibited weapon, or dangerous instrument from any student on school grounds.
The principal or designee shall notify law enforcement authorities when any student possesses a firearm, explosive or other prohibited weapon or dangerous instrument without permission, sells or furnishes a firearm or commits any act of assault with a firearm or other weapon. (20 USC 7151; Education Code 48902; Penal Code 245, 626.9, 626.10)
(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)
Possession of Pepper Spray
To prevent potential misuse that may harm students or staff, students are prohibited from carrying tear gas or tear gas weapons such as pepper spray on campus or at school activities.
Reporting of Dangerous Objects
The Board encourages students to promptly report the presence of weapons, injurious objects or other suspicious activity to school authorities. The identity of a student who reports such activity shall remain confidential to the extent permitted by law.
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
The Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies designed to facilitate student reporting of the presence of injurious objects on school grounds, such as tip hotlines, electronic transmissions, or other methods that preserve the student's anonymity. Incident reports and records shall not identify the student who reported the possession. The Superintendent or designee also shall inform staff, students and parents/guardians that students who report the presence of injurious objects on school campuses are to be protected and their identity shielded.
35291 Governing board to prescribe rules for discipline of the schools
48900 Grounds for suspension/expulsion
48902 Notification of law enforcement authorities
48915 Required recommendation for expulsions
49330-49335 Injurious objects
245 Assault with deadly weapon
417.4 Imitation firearm; drawing or exhibiting
626.9 Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995
626.10 Dirks, daggers, knives, razor or stun gun; bringing or possessing in school
653 k Switchblade knife
22810-23025 Tear gas weapon (pepper spray)
25200-25225 Firearms, access to children
30310 Prohibition against ammunition on school grounds
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
6301-7941 No Child Left Behind Act, especially:
7151 Gun-Free Schools Act
Safe Schools: Strategies for Boards of Education to Ensure Student Success, Third Edition, October 2011
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMMUNICATIONS
0401.01 Protecting Student Identification in Reporting Injurious Objects
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Guidance Concerning State and Local Responsibilities Under the Gun-Free Schools Act, January 2004
California Department of Education, Safe Schools: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss
National Alliance for Safe Schools: http://www.safeschools.org
National School Safety Center: http://www.schoolsafety.us
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs
Policy NOVATO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: August 26, 2008 Novato, California
revised: December 7, 2010
revised: June 12, 2018