The patrons of the school district have provided the district with facilities for the education of their
youth through the support of their tax dollars. It is the responsibility of the Board of Education,
administration, professional and support staff members, and students to see that these facilities are
cared for, used properly and treated with respect. The superintendent, with the counsel of the
administrative staff, will establish procedures for the proper use of school facilities to guard
against damage or loss of school property by theft, vandalism or misuse. These procedures will
include preventive measures as well as clear steps to follow when school property has been taken
The superintendent and the administrative staff will see that all professional and support staff know
and respond to the proper procedures for the use and care of school property and report correctly
when property has been taken or damaged.
Access to school buildings and grounds outside regular school hours will be granted only to
authorized personnel. An adequate key control system shall be established that will prevent the
potential entrance of unauthorized persons.
All records of existing or proposed security systems and structural plans for property owned or
leased by the district will be considered closed to the extent that disclosure would threaten public
safety, as allowed by law. The public interest in nondisclosure outweighs the public interest in
disclosure because the disclosure of these records would impair the district's ability to protect the
security or safety of persons or real property.
When special events or activities are scheduled, the principal may request permission from the
superintendent to employ special law enforcement services to give extra help in protecting school
Firearms and Other Weapons
No person shall carry a firearm, a concealed weapon or any other weapon readily capable of lethal
use into any school, onto any school transportation or onto the premises of any function or activity
sponsored or sanctioned by the district, except for authorized law enforcement officials. Adults
and students may possess weapons on school property for the limited purpose of facilitating or
participating in a school-sanctioned firearm-related event, as long as the weapons are not concealed
and the weapons are not carried onto school transportation or onto the premises of any other
school or school-sponsored activity. School officials are prohibited from authorizing any person
to bring weapons on school property or to school activities, including concealed weapons, beyond
the exceptions stated in this policy.
Any person who possesses a weapon in violation of this policy will be asked to leave. In addition,
district administrators may report the incident to law enforcement officials, ban the person from
school property or school events in accordance with policy KK or seek other legal remedies.
Possession of weapons by students is governed by policy JFCJ and regulation JG-R.
The Board shall seek all legal redress against persons found to have committed incidents of willful
or malicious abuse, destruction, defacing and/or theft of the property of the Steelville R-III School
District patrons, students and members of the staff are urged by the Board to cooperate in
reporting incidents of vandalism to property belonging to the district, as well as the name(s) of the
person or persons believed to be responsible.
The superintendent and/or principal shall be authorized to sign a complaint, press charges and
pursue civil action against perpetrators of vandalism to school property. Restitution for the
damages caused will be sought from such persons -- and, in the case of minors, from their
parents/guardians -- under the laws of this state. Students found guilty of willfully defacing or
injuring any school property shall pay for the damages caused thereby and may be suspended or
expelled as provided by law.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related
information in support of this policy area.
Cross Refs: BDC, Closed Sessions
JFCJ, Weapons in School
JGD, Student Suspension and Expulsion
KG, Community Use of School Facilities
KK, Visitors to School Property/Events
Legal Refs: §§ 168.201, 171.011, 177.031, 211.181, .185, .188, 537.045, 571.030, .094,
574.085, 610.021, RSMo.
Steelville R-III School District, Steelville, Missouri
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