|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.|
7217 - WEAPONS
Visitors 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 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 as defined in F.S. 790.001 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 or is intended or represented to be used, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, or endangering health and safety.
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 refer a visitor who violates this policy to law enforcement officials and may take any necessary steps to exclude the visitor from Board-owned or controlled property and Board sponsored events, regardless of whether such visitor possesses a valid concealed weapon license.
An exception to this policy includes weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel.
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 failure to post a notice, however, does not preclude enforcement of this policy.
F.S. 790.115, 1001.43 (1)(a), 1006.07
18 U.S.C. 922