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5513 - Care of School Property

The Board believes that the schools should help students learn to respect property and develop feelings of pride in community institutions.

The Board charges each student with responsibility for the proper care of school property, supplies, and equipment.

Students who cause damage to school property shall be subject to disciplinary measures, and their parents shall be financially liable for such damage to the extent of the law except that students 18 years or of age or older also shall be liable for damage they cause.

The Board authorizes the imposition of fines for the loss, damage, or destruction of school equipment, apparatus, musical instruments, library material, textbooks, and for damage to school buildings. The Board reserves the right to withhold a report card or credits from any student whose payment of such fine is in arrears.

The Board may report to the appropriate juvenile authorities any student whose damage of school property has been serious or chronic in nature.

A reward may be offered by the Board for the apprehension of any person who vandalizes school property.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative procedures to implement this policy.

F.S. 1006.42

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