Students' First Amendment Rights

  • Freedom of Speech and Assembly
     
    All students possess the constitutional right to freedom of speech and press, the constitutional right to assemble peaceably, and to petition the government and its representatives for a redress of grievances, subject to reasonable limitations upon the time, place, and manner of exercising such rights.
     
    Students are entitled to orally express their opinions. Such opinions shall not interfere with the freedom of others to express themselves. The use of obscenities or personal attacks are prohibited.
     
    All student meetings in school buildings or on school grounds may function only as a part of the formal educational process or as authorized by the principal.
     
    Students have the freedom to assemble peacefully. There is an appropriate time and place for expression of opinions and beliefs. Demonstrations that interfere with the operation of the school or classroom are inappropriate and prohibited.
     
    Students are entitled to express in writing their personal opinions. Such written expressions must be signed by the author. The distribution of such material may not interfere with or disrupt the educational process and is subject to the guidelines of Procedure 3222P (Distribution of Materials by Students), which is available on the district website.
     
    Students who edit, publish, or distribute handwritten, printed, or duplicated matter among their fellow students within the school must assume responsibility for the content of such publications.
     
    Libel, obscenity, vulgarity, and personal attacks are prohibited in all publications.
     
    Commercial solicitation will not be allowed on school property unless expressly approved by the school administration.

    Student Search

    All students possess the constitutional right to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. The following rules shall apply to the search of a student or of school property assigned to a specific student (locker, desk, etc.) and the seizure of items in his/her possession:
    • General searches of school property may be conducted.
    • Search of a specific area assigned to a student should be for a specific item and take place in his/her presence.
    • There shall be reasonable cause for school authorities to believe that possession of the item(s) constitutes a crime or rule violation.
    • Illegal items, such as firearms or weapons, are reasonably determined to be a threat.
    • Items that are used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process may be temporarily removed from a student’s possession.

    Equal Educational Opportunity

    Students have the right to equal educational opportunity and shall not be unlawfully discriminated against because of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in educational programs and/or extracurricular activities.

    Freedom from Interference with Education

    All students shall have the right to be free from unlawful interference in their pursuit of an education while attending the public schools.