The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.

3217 - WEAPONS

Except for School Police, employees are prohibited from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon, including a concealed weapon, in a school safety zone and any setting that is under the control and supervision of the Board for the purpose of school activities including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the Board, a school-sponsored event, or in a Board-owned vehicle.

Weapons and firearms are defined in F.S. 790.001 and include, but are not limited to, firearms, guns of any type, knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives. The term "weapon" also means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, intended or represented to be used, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons.

Staff members shall report knowledge of dangerous weapons and/or threats of violence by students, staff members, or visitors to the appropriate supervisor. Failure to report such knowledge may subject the staff member to discipline.

The Superintendent shall post notices prohibiting the carrying and possession of concealed weapons in a school safety zone, including schools and school buildings, on school premises and school buses, and at school activities.

The Superintendent shall conspicuously post such notices at each entrance of a school and/or school building and in areas inside the building where visitors are required to report. Notices shall also be posted at each entrance leading into a school activity (particularly those activities held outside of the school building) and parcel of land. The failure to post a notice, however, does not preclude disciplinary action for violations of this policy.

F.S. 790.001, 790.115, 1001.43
18 U.S.C. 922