Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

Any student found or suspected to be in possession of any weapon, device, or substance readily capable of inflicting serious bodily injury shall be reported to the administration immediately. This includes possession on school property (including school buses) or at a school-sponsored function.

The police may be alerted when a student is found to be in possession, or suspected to be in possession, of a weapon. The decision to contact the police shall rest with the building principal and shall be based on the nature and dangerousness of the instrument and any legitimate uses it may have in school. 

The police shall be informed whenever a student uses or threatens to use a weapon in possession pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2C: 39-1(f). The instrument may be confiscated by the administration or such action may be referred to the police.  

Objects ordinarily not considered weapons, but generally considered tools, such as Swiss army knives, will be confiscated. The decision regarding the imposition of any penalties for possessing these types of objects shall be based on the nature and dangerousness of the object and any legitimate uses it may have in school.

Criteria and a range of penalties for consideration when disciplinary action is necessary in cases of weapons offenses by student(s) shall be available to the Board of Education.

Penalties may be invoked singularly or in combination based upon the circumstances of the individual case(s). The following shall act as guidelines to the Board of Education in determining disciplinary action:

  • Reentry Agreement: Behavioral contract shall be developed and signed by the building principal, the student, and parent(s).
  • Community Service: A specified number of hours of community service may be required in order to reenter school.
  • Abbreviated School Day: A limited school day that addresses the student’s educational needs may be developed through the building principal and the student’s guidance counselor.
  • Alternative Educational Program: An educational placement outside of the school district developed through the building principal and the student’s guidance counselor.
  • In-School Detention:  Receiving instruction in a structured setting within the school building.
  • In-Home or Off-Site Instruction: Receiving instruction through the use of a teacher in either the home or a district facility.
  • Suspension: Suspension from school without instruction for greater than ten (10) cumulative school days.
  • Referral to Family/Juvenile Court of DCPP

Firearms

Disciplinary action shall follow state firearm statute(s) which, both define firearms and address removal from school through expulsion proceeding. 

Possession and/or use shall be grounds for disciplinary action, including suspension or permanent expulsion. The Superintendent shall prepare procedures for the implementation of this policy. All parents shall be informed of this policy annually through appropriate district publications. All students shall be informed of this policy annually in terms that are appropriate to their age and maturity.