Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

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Student Handbook - Harford County Public Schools

outerwear in the school building when condions are warranted.

Head wear

• Head wear, including, but not limited to, hats, visors, doo rags,

sweatbands, and bandannas, is not to be worn inside school

buildings during the school day.

Jewelry

• Jewelry/body piercings (example: spiked jewelry, chokers, rings,

bracelets) that pose a health or safety hazard or is disrupve to the

orderly process of the school is not permied.

• Chains that could cause injury to others are not permied.

Sunglasses

• Sunglasses are considered inappropriate for inside wear.

• Medical excepons may be considered by the principal.

When a student’s are or personal appearance violates this policy,

the principal or designee shall invesgate and take correcve acons,

including but not limited to the following:

• Requiring the student to remove or change the item;

• Taking reasonable steps to nofy the student’s parents of the

violaon; and

• For repeated violaons, iniang progressive discipline for

insubordinaon as appropriate, which may include suspension

from school.

Are shall be disallowed if, in the judgment of the local school

administrator, such are may negavely impact safety, health, or the

posive climate for teaching and learning in the school.

Principals will have the authority to suspend or waive the restricons

on clothing for social events such as, but not limited to, proms,

homecoming dances or school sponsored acvies aimed at promong

school spirit.

Student Lockers

Where available, lockers will be provided for students to have a

secure repository for books, clothing, school materials, etc. Each

school principal will establish procedures for assigning lockers. School

administrators will take necessary steps to ensure that lockers are in

good working order and that combinaon locks are rounely rotated.

Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the contents,

cleanliness, and condion of the assigned locker. Students will not

be permied to use personal locks on school lockers. Students are

expected to report any case of a broken/unsecured locker or the

immediately to the school main office, physical educaon teacher, or

athlec team coach as appropriate. Harford County Public Schools shall

not assume responsibility for the the, loss, or damage of books or any

personal items in a student locker.

It is the responsibility of all students to cooperate fully with any lawful

invesgaon by authorized persons on school property.

It is the responsibility of students not to enter school property with

dangerous or illegal items or those items that constute violaons of

school policy. A principal, assistant principal, or school security guard

may make a search of the physical plant and its assets including the

lockers of students.

Student Backpack Use

Students are permied to use backpacks or similar items to carry

their schoolbooks, materials, or equipment while traveling to and

from school. However, because of the importance of maintaining a

safe environment in the school, such items must be stored in lockers

or designated areas during the school day. The school principal will

have the authority to make excepons based on medical or health

condions, or disability. Harford County Public Schools shall not assume

responsibility for the the, loss, or damage to a student’s backpack or

similar item, or its contents.

The following condions shall apply:

• Bookbags, backpacks, etc. shall be stored in the student’s

assigned locker or designated area.

• Musical instrument cases shall be stored in the music room or

designated storage areas.

• Athlec bags and gear shall be stored in either the student’s

locker, assigned physical educaon locker, or designated

storage area, as appropriate.

If any student is determined to be in violaon of this policy, the school

administrator will take correcve acon, including, but not limited to

the following:

• Requiring the student to place the item in his/her locker.

• Taking reasonable steps to nofy the parent.

• Iniang progressive disciplinary acon for repeated

violaons or insubordinaon as appropriate, which may

include suspension from school.

Student Search and Seizure

The principal or assistant principal may make a reasonable search

of a student, including the search of a student’s backpack or other

belongings, on the school premises if he or she has a reasonable belief

that the student is in possession of an item, the possession of which is

a criminal offense under the laws of this state or a rule or policy of the

Board of Educaon. This search shall be made in the presence of a third

party.

A principal or assistant principal may make a reasonable search of a

student on the school premises or on a school-sponsored trip if the

searcher has a reasonable belief that the student has in the student’s

possession an item, the possession if which is:

• A criminal offense under the laws of this State; or

• A violaon of:

- Any other state law; or

- A rule or regulaon of the local school Board

• A search authorized above shall be made in the presence of a third

party.

It is a violaon of the Harford County Public School regulaons for a

student to possess either:

- Any illegal item; or

- Any item used to disrupt or interfere with the school

environment.

SAFE SCHOOLS

Drug Detecng Dogs In Secondary Schools

The Board of Educaon of Harford County permits the use of drug

detecng dogs in secondary schools. Drug detecng dogs may be used

in school buildings and on school parking lots during the day when

students are present. Drug detecng dogs may be used randomly or at

the request of the principal based on reasonable suspicion that drugs

might be in the school. Under no circumstances will a drug detecng

dog be used to sniff any individual person. When, in the opinion of the

dog’s handler, a drug detecng dog has alerted on a locker or other

property in the school, a search may be conducted by the principal or

his/her designee. When, in the opinion of the dog’s handler, a drug

detecng dog has alerted on a vehicle, a search may be conducted by a

police officer. Students who are in possession of controlled dangerous

substances and other items that constute a violaon of the policies

of the Board of Educaon will be disciplined in accordance with the

appropriate procedures.

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