Purses and backpacks:
Student purses and backpacks brought to school are subject to reasonable search by a school official, (teacher, principal, assistant principal), when he or she has reasonable grounds for suspecting that a search will turn up evidence that the student is violating or has violated a student code of conduct rule, a school rule, or the law. Parents should remind students not to bring items to school that are in violation of the Student Code of Conduct (guns, knives, weapons, drugs including over-the-counter medications, cigarette lighters, etc.) Purses and backpacks are not allowed in the classroom once lockers have been issued. Purses and backpacks must be kept inside the student’s locker during the school day. Students are not allowed to carry backpacks and purses in the building after the first tardy bell.
School lockers are school property and as such may be searched periodically for contraband (i.e. illegal items) and for overdue or missing books or stolen items. Since the lockers are school property, the student and parent are on notice that there is a diminished expectation of privacy in the use of the lockers. Highly valuable items and those with sentimental value should remain at home as the school is not responsible for the loss or theft of such items. Any contraband found will be confiscated and the student will be subject to disciplinary action.