All lockers made available for students' use on the school premises, including lockers located in the hallways, physical education and athletic dressing rooms, classrooms, and all other locations are the property of the school corporation. Students who use a school locker have no expectation of privacy in that locker or the locker's contents. (IC 20-8.1-5.1-25). These lockers are made available for students' use in storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school; but the lockers are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause, an interference with school purposes or an educational function or which are forbidden by federal or state law and school rules.
The students' use of the lockers does not diminish the school corporation's ownership or control of the lockers. The school corporation retains the right to inspect the lockers and their contents to insure that the lockers are being used in accordance with their intended purpose, to eliminate fire or other hazards, to maintain sanitary conditions, to attempt to locate lost or stolen material and to prevent use of the lockers to store prohibited or dangerous materials, such as weapons, drugs, or alcohol.
In order to implement the school corporation's policy concerning students' lockers, the school board adopts the following rules and regulations:
- The school corporation will retain access to students' lockers by keeping a master list of combination or retaining a master key. Students may not use their own locks to prevent access to lockers by school officials and any unauthorized locks may be removed without notice and destroyed.
- Use of Lockers: Lockers are to be used to store school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school. Lockers shall not be used to store items which are or can reasonably be foreseen to cause an interference with school purposes or an educational function or which are forbidden by state law or school rules - such as drugs, other medicine for which a student has a current prescription, common cold or headache medicine sold over the counter, drug paraphernalia, a beverage containing alcohol, a weapon, any volatile substance, bomb or explosive device, any pungent acid or nauseous chemical, any gym or athletic equipment, any wet or mildewing articles, or any other stolen items. Students will be expected to keep their lockers in a clean and orderly manner.
- Authority to Inspect: The school corporation retains the right to inspect lockers to insure they are being maintained in accordance with the conditions of Rule No. 2. All inspections of students' lockers shall be conducted by the principal or a member of the administrative staff designated in writing by the principal. (The principal may give the following staff member's authority to inspect lockers: central office administrators, vice principal, dean, guidance counselor, athletic director, etc.)
- Inspection of Individual Students' Locker:
- The inspection of a particular student's locker will not be conducted unless the principal or his designee has a reasonable suspicion that the locker to be inspected contains contraband.
- Before a particular student's locker is inspected, the student (or students if more than one have been assigned to a locker), if present on the school premises, shall, where possible, be contacted and given the opportunity to be present during the conduct of inspection unless circumstances require that the inspection be conducted without delay in order to protect the health and safety of others present on school premises. Whenever an individual student's locker has been inspected under this rule without the student' presence, the principal or his designee shall notify the student of such inspection as soon as practical thereafter.
- nspection of All Lockers:
- An inspection of all lockers in the school, or all lockers in a particular area of the school, may be conducted if the principal, superintendent or assistant superintendent reasonably believes that such an inspection is necessary to prevent, impede or substantially reduce the risk of
- an interference with school purposes or an educational function
- physical injury or illness to any person,
- damage to personal or school property, or
- a violation of state law or school rules.
- Examples of circumstances justifying a general inspection of a number of lockers are:
- when the school corporation receives a bomb threat:
- when evidence of student drug or alcohol use creates a reasonable belief of unusually high level of student use;
- at mid-term, end of grading period and before or during holidays to check for missing library books or lab chemicals or school equipment; or
- where student violence or threats of violence creates a reasonable belief that weapons are stored in lockers.
- If a general inspection of a number of lockers is necessary, then all lockers in the defined inspection area will be examined. Students will not necessarily be given the opportunity to be present while a general inspection is being conducted.
- Involvement of Law Enforcement Officials:
- The principal, superintendent or assistant superintendent may request the assistance of law enforcement officials to assist the school administrators in inspection of lockers or their contents for purposes of enforcing school policies, only if such assistance is required.
- to identify substances which may be found in the lockers: or
- to protect the health and safety of persons or property, such as to aid in the discovery and disarming of bombs which may be located in the lockers.
- If a law enforcement official requests to inspect a student's locker or its contents, the principal shall require the production of a search warrant before allowing such official to inspection.
- If a law enforcement official requests the principal to make an inspection of a locker or its contents on behalf or in place of such official, the request shall be denied. However, upon request of law enforcement officials school officials may secure the locker and its contents for a reasonable period of time in order to permit the law enforcement official an opportunity to obtain a search warrant.
- Nothing in these rules shall effect members of the custodial staff who repair defective lockers, clean out or supervise the cleaning out of
- lockers from time to time in accordance with a posted general housekeeping schedule,
- a locker of a student no longer enrolled in the school or
- a locker during any vacation period which is reasonably believed to contain rotting items such as food wet clothes, etc.
- Publication of Rules: A copy of these rules shall be provided to each student and his parents or guardian at the start of each school year or as soon as practical after the student's enrollment in the school. Copies of the rules shall be posed in the principal's office and other prominent places generally used for announcements to students.