To ensure the safety of all students and staff members within Innovations Academy, the following items are not allowed in school:
- Aerosol cans or hair spray
- Beepers, pagers, or cell phones
- Cigarettes, lighters or matches
- Drugs and drug paraphernalia
- Firecrackers, smoke bombs, or any flammable materials
- Gang related items
- Glass bottles and all open containers
- Pocket knives, tools, or other sharp objects
- Pornographic materials or devices of a sexual nature
- Any illegal items
If any of the above mentioned contraband is brought to school, it will be confiscated. Illegal items, such as drugs and weapons, will not be returned, and the police will be notified. Any item that may be considered a weapon is contraband. Police may be called if the principal determines that the threat merits police involvement. Due to the nature of contraband, the following list is not exhaustive. If a staff member determines that an item not found on this list fits the criteria of contraband, the issue will be addressed immediately with the principal or identified administrator.
Items exceeding $10 in value will be kept in a locked box in the school office until the parent or guardian can pick up such items.
In addition to contraband, some items are not allowed in the classroom due to their disruptive nature. These items are simply kept with the contraband, but returned to students at dismissal. These items include, but are not limited to:
- Toys from home, unless they are being used for an individualized program as incentives. These items then must be approved before bringing them to school.
- iPods, mp3 players, radio or tape players, DVD or CD players, portable or console electronic toys and devices
- Blankets and Pillows
- Food and Drink
- Trading cards of any kind
Please note: Guardians may choose to allow students to take certain electronic items to school with them, (cell phone, video games, etc.), for use while on transportation or to communicate with the guardian post-school day. In order to maintain a consistent and safe environment, these items will be put in the crisis office until the end of the school day and will then be returned to the students as they exit the building. Every effort will be made to keep these items safe but the school is not responsible in any way for these items. If the student refuses to give a particular item to the staff at the onset of a school day, or the student is later found in possession of contraband, school administration will be notified and the situation will be evaluated, with safety being paramount.