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Administrative Regulations Manual & Procedures

Under Policy Governance®, within the directives and limitation listed in the Board Governance Policies, the Board delegates the development and implementation of Administrative Regulations and procedures to the Superintendent and staff, except in regard to issues for which they are mandated by law to take direct action. A comprehensive review and revision of all District policies and procedures was completed between August and December 2015, and the conversion to an Administrative Regulations Manual was completed on February 1, 2016.

Regulations establish legal records and standards of conduct for the school district. Regulations can provide a bridge between the School Board's philosophy and goals and the everyday administration of programs.

The Issaquah School District is continually updating Regulations and procedures to keep current with state laws and regulations as well as best practices. Regulations or procedures on this website may be in transition or in process of being revised. Please contact Tricia Romo, Public Records Officer, if you have a specific policy question or to double-check on a Regulation.

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Regulation of Dangerous Weapons on School Premises - 4210


Code: 4210

Adopted: 4/10/1996

Last Revised Date: 3/7/2011

It is a violation of District Regulation and state law for any person to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided transportation or areas of other facilities being used exclusively for school activities.

The superintendent is directed to see that all school facilities post “Gun-Free Zone” signs, and that all violations of this Regulation and RCW 9.41.280 are reported annually to the superintendent of Public Instruction.

A dangerous weapon is defined as but not limited to:

  1. Any firearm;
  2. RCW 9.41.250 defined dangerous weapons including such weapons as slung shot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity, or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement;
  3. Any device commonly known as “nun-chu-ka sticks”, consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substance connected with wire, rope, or other means except as used in martial arts classes authorized to be conducted on the school premises;
  4. Any device, commonly known as “throwing stars”, which are multi-pointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect except as used in martial arts classes authorized to be conducted on the school premises; or
  5. Any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle, designed to propel a BB, pellet, or other projectile by the discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide, or other gas.

The following persons may carry firearms into school buildings, as necessary, although students engaged in these activities are restricted to the possession of rifles on school premises:

  1. Persons engaged in military, law enforcement, or school District security activities;
  2. Persons involved in a school authorized convention, showing, demonstration, lecture or firearm safety course;
  3. Persons competing in school authorized firearm or air gun competitions; and
  4. Any federal, state or local law enforcement officer.

The following persons over eighteen years of age and not enrolled as students may have firearms in their possession on school property outside of school buildings:

  1. Persons with concealed weapons permits issued pursuant to RCW 9.41.070 who are picking up or dropping off students; and
  2. Persons conducting legitimate business at the school and in lawful possession of a firearm or dangerous weapon if the weapon is secured within an attended vehicle, is unloaded and secured in a vehicle, or is concealed from view in a locked, unattended vehicle.

Persons may bring dangerous weapons, other than firearms, onto school premises if the weapons are lawfully within the person's possession and are to be used in a school-authorized martial arts class.

Persons over eighteen years of age and persons between fourteen and eighteen years of age with written parental or guardian permission may possess personal protection spray devices on school property. A copy of the written parent/guardian permission must be submitted and on file with the building administration prior to any spray device being carried on school property. No one under eighteen years of age may deliver such devices, nor may anyone eighteen years or older deliver a spray device to anyone under fourteen or to anyone between fourteen and eighteen who does not have parental permission.

Personal protection spray devices may not be used other than in self-defense as defined by state law. Possession, transmission or use of personal protection spray devices under any other circumstances is a violation of District Regulation.

School officials shall notify the student’s parents or guardians and the appropriate law enforcement agency of known or suspected violations of this Regulation. Students who violate this Regulation shall be subject to discipline, including a one-year expulsion for a violation involving a firearm. However, the superintendent may modify the one-year expulsion on a case-by-case basis.

Cross References:

Regulation:

Legal References:

  • RCW 9.41.280 Dangerous weapons on school grounds
  • RCW 9A.16.020 Use of force — when lawful
  • RCW 9.91.160 Personal Protection Spray devices
  • RCW 28A.600.420 Firearms on school premises, transportation, or facilities — Penalty — Exemptions

Management Resources:

  • Policy News, August 2006 Weapons on School Premises
  • Policy News, August 1998 State Encourages Modification of Weapons Regulation
  • Policy News, October 1997 Legislature also addresses “look-alike” firearms
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