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5.32 Zero Tolerance for School Related Crimes

5.32 Zero Tolerance for School Related Crimes




It is essential that schools be safe and orderly to provide environments that foster learning and high academic achievement.  The District shall strive to protect students, staff, visitors and volunteers from harm and to protect victims of crime from further victimization.  This policy applies to conduct on School District property, school or District provided transportation and at any school or District sponsored activity.  This policy implements the zero tolerance policy as outlined in Florida Statutes and State Board of Education rules.

Acts that pose a serious threat to school safety are those acts that endanger the life or safety of a student, staff member or other person on campus or at a school or District sponsored activity.  Such acts include but are not limited to:

A. Aggravated battery;

B. Armed robbery;

C. Arson;

D. Battery or aggravated battery on a teacher or other school personnel;

E. Kidnapping or abduction;

F. Murder;

G. Manslaughter;

H. Possession, use or sale of a controlled substance;

I. Possession, use or sale of any explosive devise;

J. Possession, use or sale of any firearm or weapon;

K. Sexual battery.

Acts that are considered petty misconduct may disrupt the educational process but do not endanger the life or safety of an individual.  Such acts include but are not limited to:

A. Cellular telephone violation;

B. Defiance of authority;

C. Disruption, minor;

D. Dress code violation;

E. Eating or drinking on the bus;

F. Forgery;

G. Horseplay;

H. Leaving campus without permission;

I. Lying or misrepresentation;

J. Profanity;

K. Vehicle parking violation.

The District shall establish agreements with the county sheriff’s office and local police department(s) that provide for reporting conduct that threatens school safety and obtaining assistance from the appropriate law enforcement agency.

The District shall report to the appropriate law enforcement agency any act that poses a threat to the safety or welfare of students, staff and other persons on school property or at school events or is a serious violation of law.  The following acts when committed on School District property or at a District activity shall be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency:

A. Alcohol violation;

B. Alcohol, sale or distribution;

C. Arson

D. Battery;

E. Bomb or biochemical threat;

F. Breaking and entering or burglary;

G. Disruption of school, major;

H. Drug use, sale or distribution;

I. Explosives, possession or use;

J. Extortion;

K. False alarm;

L. Firearms violation;

M. Gang-related activity;

N. Hate crime;

O. Illegal organization, membership;

P. Robbery;

Q. Sexual battery;

R. Sexual harassment;

S. Sexual misconduct;

T. Sexual offense;

U. Stalking;

V. Trespassing;

W. Weapons violation;

X. Any felony as defined by Florida Statutes.

If a student commits more than one misdemeanor, the threat assessment team must consult with law enforcement to determine if the act should be reported to law enforcement.

Students found to have committed one of the following offenses on school property, school sponsored transportation or during a school sponsored activity shall be expelled, with or without continuing educational services, from the student’s regular school for a period of not less than one (1) full year and be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system:

A. Bringing a firearm or weapon as defined in Chapter 790, Florida Statutes, to school, to any school function, or onto any school sponsored transportation or possessing a firearm at school;

B. Making a threat or false report as defined in Florida Statutes, Sections 790.162 and 790.163 respectively, involving school or school personnel’s property, school transportation or a school sponsored activity.

C. Assault or battery on specified officials or employees in violation of Section 784.081, Florida Statutes.

D. Hazing as defined in 1006.135 Florida Statutes

When a student is formally charged with a felony or delinquent act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, the Superintendent shall notify appropriate personnel including the principal, the transportation director, the student’s classroom teachers, the student’s bus driver and other school personnel who directly supervise the student.

The School Board may assign the student to a disciplinary program for the purpose of continuing educational services during the period of expulsion.

The Superintendent may consider the one (1) year expulsion requirement on a case by case basis and request the School Board to modify the requirement by assigning the student to a disciplinary program or second chance school if the request for modification is in writing and it is determined to be in the best interest of the student and the school system.

If a student committing any of the offenses in this policy is a student with a disability, the School Board shall comply with the applicable State Board of Education rules.

Any student found to have committed a violation of Section 784.081(1), (2) or (3), Assault or Battery on Specified Officials or Employees, shall be expelled or placed in an alternative school setting or other program as appropriate.  Upon being charged with the offense, the student shall be removed from the classroom immediately and placed in an alternative school setting pending disposition.

A student or his/her parent may request a review by the Superintendent of any disciplinary action taken by the District.  Such request must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent within ten (10) days of the imposition of disciplinary action.


1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.


120.57(1), 775.08, 784.081, 790.162, 790.163, 985.04,   1001.42, 1001.43, 1001.54, 1003.31, 1006.07, 1006.08, 1006.09, 1006.13, 1006.135, 1006.14, 1012.28, F.S.






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