Ministry of Education, Guyana

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:13

The Conduct of Searches and Seizures

Locker, Bag, Body and School Premises

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 10:51

The Conduct of Searches and Seizures

Search of Locker, Bag, School Premises and Seizures

  • Locker searches in school and dormitory should be routinely conducted by the school in collaboration with Department of Education staffers, such as, Schools Welfare Officers and District Education Officers and members of Parent Teachers Association/ School Board.
  • Searches should be scheduled and unscheduled.
  • Locker and bag searches must be conducted by at least two members of the committee; one must be a teacher (House Parent for the residential schools). The search must be conducted in the presence of the learner whose bag or locker is being searched.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 09:59

Searches in Schools

Definition
In a school, a search is defined as a keen examination of a person, his/her belongings or school premises/grounds.

What constitutes a search?

  • Examining personal items or places that are in the open and exposed to public view
  • Physically examining or patting down a student’s body or clothing, including the student’s pockets
  • Opening and inspecting personal possessions such as purses, haversacks/backpacks, bags, books, note/net books, laptop bags and closed containers
  • Handling or feeling any closed, opaque item to determine its contents when they cannot be identified by item’s shape or external physical properties.