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1217 - Weapons

Pursuant to Florida statute, the Board prohibits employees from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon, including a concealed firearm, 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 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.

For purposes of this policy, the term "weapon" also means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, as 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 principal or site manager. Failure to report such knowledge may subject the staff member to discipline.

The Superintendent shall ensure that any staff member possessing a weapon or other device designed to inflict serious bodily harm, including a concealed weapon, is reported immediately to the appropriate law enforcement agency, regardless of whether such staff member possesses a valid concealed weapon license. As well, the staff member shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination, consistent with law, due process, and the terms of any negotiated agreement.

An exception to this policy includes firearms possessed by Guardian-certified School Security and any other armed HCPS employee as designated by the Board and authorized by Florida statute.

The Board directs the Superintendent to 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.

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

Revised 10/15/19

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