Decatur County Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

7440 - FACILITY SECURITY PROGRAM

Construction and maintenance of safe and secure facilities to support the instruction of students by the Boardís staff involves a substantial investment of public funds. It is therefore in the interest of the school community that the Board protect its investment in facilities by implementing a security program.

The Superintendent shall develop and supervise a program for the security of the Corporationís students, staff, visitors, buildings, grounds and equipment. This program may include the use of video and audio monitoring and recording equipment on the Boardís grounds and in the Boardís vehicles.

The Board directs the Superintendent to identify persons who knowingly or negligently damage property or expose persons to the risk of harm in the course of Corporation activities. If persons responsible for harm or risk of harm to a person or property damage are identified, the Board directs the Superintendent and staff to cooperate in the prosecution of these persons and to pursue recovery of the cost of repair or replacement of damaged property.

In implementing the security program required by this policy, the Board authorizes the Superintendent to direct a person to not come on or leave Corporation property or not attend a Corporation activity when the Superintendent determines that the personís presence endangers others. Where a person does not comply with such a directive, the Board authorizes the Superintendent to seek arrest of the person by a law enforcement officer and prosecution of the person for the Class D felony of Criminal Trespass on School Property, as found at I.C. 35-43-2-2(a)(1) or (2). A decision by a designee of the Superintendent may ask that the Superintendent review and modify the designeeís decision.

The Superintendent is authorized to install metal detectors and video and audio monitoring equipment on school property in order to protect the health, welfare, and safety of students, staff, visitors, and Board property. The Superintendent is also authorized to deploy other security devices that would assist in the detection of contraband such as weapons or drugs in school buildings and/or on Corporation property.

The Superintendent shall report to the Board, no later than the next Board meeting, any significant incident involving vandalism, theft, personal safety, or other security risk and the measures being taken to address the situation.

I.C. 20-26-5-4(2) and (4)
I.C. 20-33-8-1 et seq.

Revised 6/12/13

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