5067 - Firearms and Weapons
Firearms. No person may bring, possess, handle or transmit a firearm on any property owned or in any facility operated by ESU 4, in a vehicle owned by ESU 4 or operated by an ESU 4 employee, or at any activity or event sponsored by ESU 4, except as permitted by this policy.
Definition of Firearm. The term "firearm" is defined as any object that is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projective by the action of an explosive or frame or receiver of any such weapon.
Weapons. No student may possess, handle, or transmit any weapon while on any property owned or in any facility operated by ESU 4, in a vehicle owned by ESU 4 or operated by an ESU 4 employee, or at any activity or event sponsored by ESU 4 except as permitted by this policy. No visitor under the age of 18 may possess, handle, or transmit any weapon while on any property owned or in any facility operated by ESU 4, in a vehicle owned by ESU 4 or operated by an ESU 4 employee, or at any activity or event sponsored by ESU 4 except as permitted by this policy.
Definition of Weapon. The term "weapon" is defined as a firearm or any other object or material that is ordinarily or generally considered a weapon.
Exceptions Regarding Firearms. This prohibition does not apply to:
- The issuance of firearms to or possession by members of the armed forces of the United States, active or reserve, National Guard of this State, or Reserve Officers Training Corps or peace officers or other duly authorized law enforcement officers when on duty or training; or
- Firearms that may lawfully be possessed by a person who is receiving instruction in an ESU 4 program under the immediate supervision of an adult instructor; or
- Firearms contained within a private vehicle operated by a nonstudent adult that are not loaded and are encased or are in a locked firearm rack that is on a motor vehicle.
Definition of Encased. The term "encased" means enclosed in a case that is expressly made for the purpose of containing a firearm and that is completely zipped, snapped, buckled, tied, or otherwise fastened with no part of the firearm exposed.
Exceptions for Students. The only exceptions for a student to bring or possess a weapon, including a firearm, are as follows:
- The firearm or weapon has been brought to the facility owned or operated by ESU 4 for some educational purpose; and
- The person bringing the firearm or weapon has requested and received the prior approval of both the instructor and the program administrator to do so;
- All arrangements to use and store the firearm or weapon safely while it is on the premises have been agreed to and carried out.
Consequences. Students who violate this policy shall have the contract through which the student attends an ESU 4 program cancelled immediately. An ESU 4 administrator shall provide the student's school district of residence with all relevant details related to the incident. It shall be the responsibility of the resident school district to comply with the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 in response to the report by ESU 4 staff that a contracted student has violated this policy. The student shall not be permitted to return to any program operated by ESU 4 except by an affirmative voted of the ESU 4 board.
Adopted on: December 8, 2008
Revised on: _________________________
Reviewed on: October 8, 2012