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7440.02 - Vandalism, Damage, Loss, and Malicious Mischief

The principal or site administrator shall report damage, loss, theft, vandalism, or criminal mischief immediately to the Superintendent and, when appropriate, to the proper law enforcement agency.

By Students

A student who willfully damages school property shall be properly disciplined. The Code of Student Conduct shall identify disciplinary procedures for students who abuse school property. The parent(s) or legal guardian shall be requested in writing to restore or to replace any damaged property in accordance with the true value as determined by the principal, the responsible District department head, or in extreme circumstances the Superintendent and/or Board. An adult student involved in the destruction of school property shall be held solely responsible for the damages.

A civil action against the student or the student’s parent(s) or legal guardian may be instituted by the Board to recover damages in an amount not to exceed the limit prescribed by Florida statues.

By Persons Other Than Students

In case of willful or negligent damage of property belonging to the Board, whether real or personal, the user will be responsible for the payment or replacement of such property in accordance with the true value as established by the Superintendent.

By Organizations Under Use Permits

An organization, group, or individual granted a permit for the use of property belonging to the Board will be responsible for any undue damage to the buildings, equipment, or grounds beyond that which would be considered normal wear and tear and will repay any such damage in accordance with the true value as established by the Superintendent. Failure to comply with such payment will cause the individual, group, or organization to lose eligibility for further use of Board-owned property and such legal action as the Board deems proper to recover the amount of damages.

F.S. 1013.22

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