State law authorizes districts to adopt policies or rules addressing search and seizure without addressing student protections or requiring minimal protections only.
Revised Code of Washington 28A.600.210 School locker searches — Findings.
The legislature finds that illegal drug activity and weapons in schools threaten the safety and welfare of school children and pose a severe threat to the state educational system. School officials need authority to maintain order and discipline in schools and to protect students from exposure to illegal drugs, weapons, and contraband. Searches of school-issued lockers and the contents of those lockers is a reasonable and necessary tool to protect the interests of the students of the state as a whole.
Revised Code of Washington 28A.600.220 School locker searches — No expectation of privacy.
No right nor expectation of privacy exists for any student as to the use of any locker issued or assigned to a student by a school and the locker shall be subject to search for illegal drugs, weapons, and contraband as provided in RCW 28A.600.210 through 28A.600.240.
Washington Administrative Code 392-400-215 Student rights
(1) Each student shall possess the following substantive rights:
- (d) Students possess the constitutional right to be secure in their persons, quarters, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures, subject to limitations set forth in RCW 28A.600.210 through 28A.600.240 as now or hereafter amended.