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.

5772 - WEAPONS

Students 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 School Board for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the Board 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. Weapon also means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended or represented to be used, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, or endangering health and safety. This policy also prohibits look-alike items, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition.

The Superintendent is authorized to establish administrative procedures on weapons which require students to immediately report knowledge of weapons and threats of violence by students and staff to the principal, School Police, or other appropriate staff member.

The Superintendent shall also post notices prohibiting the carrying and possession of concealed weapons in a school safety zone, including schools and school buildings, on school premises, and at school activities. The failure to post a notice, however, shall not prevent enforcement of this policy.

Items pre-approved by the Principal as part of a class or individual presentation or a theatrical prop used under adult supervision, if used for the purpose and in the manner approved, are an exception to this policy. Working firearms, ammunition, and any items that could endanger health and safety shall not be approved as part of any school-sponsored presentation, including classes and assemblies, or as a theatrical prop.

Violations of this policy shall be addressed pursuant to the Code of Student Conduct (Policy 5500).

F.S. 790, 790.001, 1001.43(1)(a), 1006.07
20 U.S.C. 7151

Revised 4/15/15

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