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Although the right to privacy of every student is respected, it cannot override the need for a safe school environment. If it is reasonable to believe that a student is in possession of something that does or could create a hazardous situation at school, the building administrator or the interventionist will intervene. 

The intervention will include the principal talking with the student about the suspected infraction.

The student will be given an opportunity to relinquish the item voluntarily. If after talking with the student, the administrator still feels that a safe environment cannot be assured, she may ask the student to empty his or her pockets or to show her the inside of socks, pant cuffs, etc. The student will not be physically searched.

If a student refuses the administrator’s request, the police may be contacted. The parents will be contacted simultaneously. Depending on the circumstances, the student may be asked to go home.

Tobacco Law  

Tobacco products are prohibited on school grounds, inside school buildings, in school parking lots or playing fields, in school buses or vehicles or at off-school sponsored events. For purposes of this subsection, “school” means any public, charter or private school where children attend classes in kindergarten programs or grades one through twelve. A person who violates this section is guilty of a petty offense.

For policies, procedures, rights and responsibilities in Paradise Valley Schools, please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook.