7217 - Weapons
The Board prohibits visitors from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon, including a concealed firearm, in a school safety zone and in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the District, a school-sponsored event, or in a District vehicle.
The term "weapon" means any object which, by the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, guns of any type, including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.
The Superintendent shall refer a visitor who violates this policy to law enforcement officials and may take any necessary steps to exclude the visitor from District property and District sponsored events, regardless of whether such visitor possesses a valid concealed weapon license.
An exception to this policy includes firearms possessed by Guardian-certified School Security and any other armed HCPS employee as designated by the Board and authorized by State statute.
The Board directs the Superintendent to post notices prohibiting the carrying and possession of concealed weapons in a school safety zone, including schools and school buildings, on school premises and school buses, and at school activities.
F.S. 790.115, 1001.43 (1)(a), 1006.07