The Board retains ownership and possessory control of all pupil lockers and desks. Although student lockers and desks are considered the exclusive property of the District, the District expects all students to assume full responsibility for the security of their lockers including, but not limited to its physical contents. Inspections of lockers and desks may be conducted by the Administration for any reason at any time without prior student consent or approval and without the issuance of a search warrant. Searches are authorized in the District for the purpose of maintaining order and discipline in the schools and to protect the safety and welfare of students and school personnel.
Locker and desk searches are to be conducted by an administrator, who shall do so in the company of two (2) adult faculty members or a police officer (as dictated by the existing circumstances) and, whenever possible and appropriate, in the presence of the student. School officials may seize any items that are dangerous or are illegal during the search. Reasonable searches among the personal belongings of the student contained within the locker may be conducted where there are reasonable grounds to believe that the search will provide evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or school rules. Any items that are seized during the search will be safeguarded until determination has been made by the appropriate authorities for disposition of the items.
The Principal or designee, accompanied by two (2) faculty members or a police officer of the same gender of the student, may conduct a search of a student’s purse, duffel bag, backpack, or similar articles if the search is based on reasonable suspicion, based on personal observation or reliable information from a third party, that the student has dangerous or illegal items or substances in his or her possession. When conducting such a search, school authorities shall remain sensitive so as not to invade the privacy of students any more than necessary to achieve the desired purpose of the search.
Strip searches will not be conducted by District personnel. If the nature of the problem warrants this type of search, appropriate law enforcement officials will be contacted immediately.
This policy will be published in its entirety, in the Parent/ Student and Staff Handbooks.
Legal Ref: Wisconsin Statutes
First Reading: August 4, 2009
Second Reading: August 18, 2009
Approved: August 18, 2009
For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member