There’s an old Johnny Cash song called, “Don’t take your guns to town, son.” The same can be said about taking them to school. In fact, taking any prohibited or illegal item onto district property could cost you your job or your teaching certificate.  So, be careful what you carry.

Remember these tips before you drive to any school-related or school-sanctioned event, including a UIL event, on or off school property:

  • Tobacco of any form is prohibited, even if it is locked in your vehicle. If you smoke in a public school building, you could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor. Some districts, including Fort Worth, have also banned e-cigarettes.
  • Possession of alcohol, including unopened (and gift-wrapped!) containers is prohibited.
  • Working or attending school-related or school-sanctioned event under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. You do not need to be legally intoxicated to be considered “under the influence” of alcohol.
  • Carrying a firearm or other weapon within 300 feet of a school or any premises where an official school function, including a UIL event, is taking place is a felony offense.
  • Possession of an abusable glue, aerosol paint, or any other chemical substance for inhalation is prohibited.
  • Possession of a controlled substance or a dangerous drug, including, but not limited to marijuana, narcotics, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, etc. in any amount, or possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited and you may be charged with a criminal offense unless it has been prescribed to you by a physician. If you need to take your prescribed medication with you to work, make sure it is kept in a locked cabinet or in the nurse’s office. Always keep it in the pharmacy bottle so that there is no question that it was prescribed to you personally.
    Working or attending school-related or school-sanctioned events under the influence of a drug is prohibited unless it has been prescribed to you by a physician. You do not need to be legally intoxicated to be considered “under the influence” of a substance.
  • Do not ever park in the student parking lot. The drug dogs are led through these lots frequently.
  • If someone has borrowed your car, make sure it has been vacuumed out and you have checked for prohibited or illegal items before you drive it back on campus.
  • If you aren’t sure whether your vehicle is “safe,” park it on the street.
  • Never take any prohibited or illegal items into the school building with you.

For more information, please contact your association.