Mukilteo School District details student search policy


Last updated 8/24/2022 at 11:30am

Student personal property searches made a scant list of topics discussed at the Mukilteo School District board meeting Monday, Aug. 22.

If there’s reasonable suspicion, a student’s personal property, locker, or automobile may be searched, per policy 3231.

From staff locker searches to canine inspections, the Mukilteo School District is increasing its crackdown on drugs and alcohol and any other inappropriate material. With an increase in alcohol and drug abuse, especially among younger students, school administrators are facing a growing trend that seems to be worsening each year, according to a staff member.

Searches can be conducted before, during, and after school, as well as during after-school events.

However, the administration’s commitment to student searches isn’t without fairness. The staff tries to keep its searches as discreet as possible.

Vehicles can only be searched on school grounds. Strip searches or body cavity searches are prohibited, and students appearing intoxicated may be given drug screening tests or a breathalyzer. The staff can implement the appropriate discipline if a student declines to be tested.

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The board also adopted the 2022-2023 budget, which needed to be implemented by Aug. 31. The budget includes a complete financial plan of the district for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and a four-year budget plan that includes a four-year enrollment projection.


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