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Chawanakee USD  |  BP  5145.15  Students

Canine Contraband Detection   

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The Governing Board of the Chawanakee Unified School District is committed to providing students and employees with a safe environment in which to learn and work that is free from illicit drugs, alcohol, and weapons. To this end the board prohibits the presence of drugs, controlled substances, alcohol, weapons of any type, explosive devices, or any other intoxicate on district property or at any district sponsored event. The prohibition applies to employees, students, patrons, visitors and any other person.

All persons are responsible for the security of any vehicle, locker, desk, bag or other item they possess or bring onto district property or at a district sponsored event. No person shall possess, place, keep or maintain any article or material that is prohibited by law or district policy in items, lockers, vehicles, desks or bags assigned to them or under their control while on district property or at a district sponsored event.

In an effort to keep the work place and schools free of the above referenced items, the district will utilize the services of nonaggressive trained detection canines to sniff out and alert to the presence of those substances prohibited by law or district policy. These inspections shall be unannounced and will be made at the discretion of the program coordinator assigned by the district.

Under no circumstance will a dog be allowed to sniff the person of a student, employee, patron, visitor or anyone else while on district property or at any district event. This prohibition extends to and includes demonstrations. The canines shall not be used in classrooms occupied by students except for demonstration purposes.

The canine may be used to sniff lockers, common areas, desks, bags, items or vehicles that are on district property or adjacent property defined in accordance with the federal Drug Free School Zone laws.

Only the canine's official handler will determine what constitutes an alert by the canine. If the canine alerts to a particular item or place, the person having the use of, bringing onto district property or responsible for that place or item will be called to the scene to witness the search. Ownership of the item or place will be established and search activities will be conducted in accordance with district policy and applicable law.

In the event the canine alerts on a locked vehicle, the owner or person bringing it onto district property shall be asked to open the vehicle for inspection to the conducted by the canine handler. Refusal to open the item for inspection may result in referring the matter to law enforcement officials, disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension or termination of employment for employees and suspension or expulsion for students and loss of parking privileges on district property for both student and employee. Visitors or patrons may be banned from district property.

Discovery of a prohibited substance or item may result in referral to law enforcement or disciplinary action including but not limited to termination of employment for employees and referral to law enforcement or disciplinary action in keeping with district policy for students.

Students and employees shall be informed of this policy at the beginning of each school year.

Policy CHAWANAKEE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: May 18, 1995 North Fork, California