School district OKs policy revisions
Weapons restriction rules made more
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
The Blaine County School Board voted,
Tuesday, May 11, to approve revisions to the Blaine County School Policy. These
revisions include the wording in the Personal Leave and Military Leave sections,
Vacation and Paid Holidays, Grading and Reporting, Code of Ethics, appearances
at Board Meetings, as well as changes to a section in Behavior and Discipline on
The "Zero Tolerance" restriction was
revised to concur with the Gun Free School Act of 1994. After the 1999 Columbine
High School shootings in Colorado, the term "Zero Tolerance" was added into
school policies across the country.
However, rewording of the restriction on
weapons in school was deemed appropriate since there have been previous
instances involving non-weapons. For example, under the "Zero Tolerance" policy
very young students bringing toys to school could have been expelled.
The Policy Committee comprised several
administrators and school principals.
"We pretty well scrutinized it to death,"
Blaine County School District Superintendent Jim Lewis said.
The revision states that "Students are
forbidden to knowingly and/or voluntarily possess, handle, transmit or use a
firearm, dirk knife, bowie knife, dagger, metal knuckles or other deadly or
dangerous weapon while on school property, in any school vehicle or at any
school sponsored activity."
It goes on to state that possession of any
of the above weapons will result in a recommendation to the Board for expulsion
for no less than one year.
It also states that anyone who was
expelled from another district will not be admitted prior to the end of the