SFUSD Search Policy

What and when can the school search?

(As presented in the SFUSD “Student Handbook” 9/2009)

A principal or designee may conduct a reasonable search of a student’s person, school property, or vehicle when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting the student possesses illegally-obtained items. These may include illegal substances, drug paraphernalia, weapons, or other objects or substances which may be injurious to the student or others. The scope of the search must be reasonably related to the objectives of the search and not excessively intrusive in light of the age and sex of the student and the nature of the infraction. While school authorities will respect the rights of each student in the use of his locker, it shall be clear to all that lockers are the property of the school and are assigned to students for the purpose of storing school-related materials and items essential to the physical well-being of the student.