Searches of Students and Personal Property - 3230

Mukilteo School District
Students - Series 3000
Searches of Students and Personal Property - 3230

State law provides that at certain ages, students attain the right to decide for themselves what records will remain confidential, even from their parents/guardians, and what activities the student will participate in. At age 18, students become legal adults and must approve any disclosure of information about themselves from school records, except directory information if a request for confidentiality has not been filed. Students at age 18 may also sign releases, authorizations or permission slips to participate in school activities, and may sign themselves out of school and authorize their own absences.

Students between age 16 and 18 who have been granted legal emancipation from their parents or guardians have the same rights as 18-year-old students. Students over 14 years of age have the right to keep private from everyone any District records indicating that they have been tested or treated for a sexually transmitted disease. Students 13 years and older have confidentiality rights in records regarding drug, alcohol or mental health treatment. All students have confidentiality rights in family planning or abortion records.

  1. Searches of Students and Personal Property

    Personal privacy is a fundamental aspect of individual liberty. All students possess the constitutional right to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. Staff will take particular care to respect students' privacy.

    School officials have authority to maintain order and discipline in the schools and to protect students from exposure to illegal drugs, weapons, and contraband. The Superintendent, the principal, and other staff designated by the Superintendent will have the authority to conduct reasonable searches on school property as provided by Board policy and procedure.


Cross References:

Board Policy 3414 Infectious Diseases
Board Policy 3245 Students and Telecommunications Devices

Legal References:

RCW 13.64.060 Power and Capacity of emancipated minor
RCW 28A.600.020 Exclusion of student from classroom — Written disciplinary procedures — Long-term suspension or expulsion
RCW 28A.320.040 Bylaws for Board and school government
RCW 28A.600-210 School locker searches - findings
RCW 28A.600-220 School locker searches - No expectation of privacy
RCW 28A.600-230 School locker searches - Authorization—Limitations
RCW 28A.600-240 School locker searches - Notice and reasonable suspicion requirements
WAC 392-400-215 Student discpline


Adoption Date: June 8, 1998
Revised: April 18, 2016
Revised: October 10, 2022
Revised: June 27, 2023