The following student discipline policy is a sample policy provided only as a reference. If legal advice is required, consult your school district legal counsel.

Guidelines for Student Discipline

In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment, the following offenses will not be tolerated:

A. Weapons & Dangerous Instruments

Students shall not possess, handle, transmit, use, or attempt to use any dangerous weapon in school buildings or on school grounds at any time, or in school vehicles and/or buses or off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function, or event. In accordance with state law, [include citation for state law], the Board of Education shall suspend for 365 days [use the specific words included in the state law, e.g. 365 days, one calendar year, period of not less than twelve consecutive months] any student found to be in violation of this section, unless modified on a case-by-case basis as recommended by the Superintendent (or other individual or group of individuals specified in state law or designated by this policy).

Weapons and dangerous instruments as used in this section are defined as:

(1) A firearm—include state or federal definition here;

(2) A powerful explosive [be specific about other things you want to include in the definition of weapon here]—which includes any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, as well as nitroglycerin, trinitrotoluene (TNT), and blasting caps, detonators, and fuses for the explosion thereof;

(3) A knife—which includes any instrument that is capable of ready use as a stabbing weapon that may inflict great bodily injury or death; an instrument with a blade at least 3 inches in length, dagger, dirk, switchblade knife, stiletto, or any other deadly or dangerous weapon of like character; or

(4) Other dangerous instruments—any other object or instrument capable of being readily used by one person to inflict bodily harm upon another individual with the intention to do so.

Source: National School Boards Association