Drug & Weapon Free Zone Notifications
Concealed Weapons Law
Generally, the concealed weapons law prohibits members of the public authorized to carry a concealed weapon on school property. The only exception to this general rule is for a parent or legal guardian “while in a vehicle on school property” to drop-off or pick-up the student a school. Law enforcement authorities will be notified, in the interests of safety, if any concealed weapons are brought onto school premises in a manner not strictly allowed by law.
Drug-Free Schools Policy
In accordance with Federal Law, The Board of Education prohibits the use, possession, concealment or distribution of drugs by students on school grounds, in school or school-approved vehicles, or at any school-related event. Drugs include any alcoholic beverage, anabolic steroids, dangerous controlled substance as defined by State statute, or substance that could be considered a “look-a-like” controlled substance. Compliance with this policy is mandatory for all students. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with due process and as specified in the student handbooks, up to and including expulsion from school. When required by State law, the District will also notify law enforcement officials.
The District is concerned about any student who is the victim of alcohol or drug abuse and will facilitate the process by which s/he receives help through programs and services available in the community. Students and their parents should contact the school principal or counseling office whenever such help is needed.
Gun-Free Schools Act
As provided by law, students involved in violations involving firearms will be expelled from school. A “firearm” is defined as 1) any weapon which will or is designed to, or may readily be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; 2) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; 3) any firearm muffler or silencer; or 4) any destructive device, including bombs, rockets, or any other explosive type devices.
7434 - Use of Tobacco on School Premises
The Board of education believes that the right of persons to use tobacco must be balanced against the right of those who do not use tobacco to breathe air untainted by tobacco. In order to protect students and employees who choose not to use tobacco from an environment noxious to them and potentially damaging to their health. the Board prohibits the use of tobacco products on District premises (owned or leased), in District vehicles, at all school-sponsored events, and in all school buildings owned and/or operated by the District.
For purposes of this policy,
A. “tobacco product” means a preparation of tobacco to be inhaled, chewed, or placed in a person’s mouth.
B. “use of tobacco product” means any of the following:
1. the carrying by a person of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or other lit smoking devices
2. the inhaling or chewing of a tobacco product
3. the placing of a tobacco product within a person’s mouth
4. and/or the smoking of electronic, “vapor,” or other substitute forms of cigarettes, clove cigarettes or other lighted smoking devices for burning tobacco or any other substance.
Tobacco may not be advertised or promoted on school property or at school controlled events. Therefore, signs, clothing, bags, accessories, and other items promoting tobacco or containing tobacco branding are prohibited on school property and at school controlled events.
Tobacco companies/products may not sponsor any school activity or project. The superintendent shall designate the individuals and the methods to monitor compliance with this policy.
M.C.L.A. 333.12601 et seq.
M.C.L.A. 380,1170 M.C.L.A. 750.473
20 U.S.C. 6081 et seq.
U.S.D.O.E. Memorandum, 1995
MDE Board Policy on 24/7 Tobacco-Free Schools
Weapons Free Schools
In order to comply with laws regarding discipline for students who bring weapons to school, or who commit arson or rape while on school property or at school activities, the Hastings Area School System’s Board of Education has included provisions about such matters in its discipline code. A complete copy of the discipline code is available for review in any school office, but it is extremely important that all parents/guardians understand that there are very severe penalties (mandatory expulsion; referral to legal, social service, and mental health authorities; etc.) for students who bring weapons to school, or who commit arson or rape.
Weapons are defined by law as knives with a blade over three inches (however no knives will be tolerated no matter the size of the blade), knives opened by mechanical devices, firearms of any kind, brass knuckles, stilettos, daggers, dirks, or iron bars. “Look-alike” weapons and BB guns also are included in the Board’s discipline code. If any of these items are brought on to school grounds, on a school bus, or to any school activity, the full consequences of the state law will be implemented as required.
The possession, use, or threat to use any weapon or instrument capable of inflicting bodily injury are prohibited and such items are not to be brought to school. Appropriate discipline will be administered.