Improving School Safety in Our Schools
Debbie Stephens

           In our on-going efforts to increase the safety of our students, the administrators of each school in the District are revisiting the Elliott County Schools Code of Conduct/Student Guide, which describes the weapons that are prohibited from school grounds.  This includes pocketknives and multi-tools.  In the past, students were not explicitly told that these items are prohibited, but effective immediately the policy will be enforced.  It reads:  "Dangerous Weapons—A dangerous weapon is any device, instrument, material, or substance, animate or inanimate, that is used for, or is readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.  Knives—including pocket, hunting, and multi-tools—are included in the list of weapons prohibited at school.  Violation of this policy by students shall require that the principal immediately make a report to the superintendent, who shall determine if charges for expulsion from the school district should be filed under Policy 09.435.  Violations by visitors shall be reported to a law enforcement agency."

            Each student receives a copy of the Code of Conduct at the beginning of the school year, and the complete details about weapons are on pages 18-19.  You may also view the entire booklet on the District website by clicking on “menu” then on “documents,” or you may pick up a hard copy at your child’s school.

            We welcome community input and thoughtfully consider all suggestions that you may offer as we work toward our common goal.