5.1.1 Principals have a duty of care to ensure that school and school premises are safe and secure for students, staff, other members of the school community and visitors and will implement measures set out in the procedures, which may include conducting searches and contacting NSW Police, to prevent, or respond to, the presence of knives and other prohibited weapons on the school site or at school events/activities.
5.1.2 Principals will ensure that SCS staff, parents and carers and students are aware of their obligations under the law and this policy, and know how to report any concerns about safety or information about the presence of knives or prohibited weapons on the school site or at school events/activities.
5.2 Parents and carers
5.2.1 Parents and carers will ensure their child is aware of the law and this policy and that they cannot possess or carry a knife or other prohibited weapon at school (including off-site events) or in a public place.
5.2.2 Parents and carers must not bring knives or other prohibited weapons onto school sites or to any school events/activities held off-site unless it is for a lawful purpose (for example, for a school camping trip) with the permission of the Principal.
5.2.3 Parents and carers may be subject to criminal charges if they allow their child to carry a knife or other prohibited weapon. Under section 11D of the Summary Offence Act 1988, an offence exists if a parent authorises or permits their child to be in custody of a knife in a public place or a school. This offence carries a maximum penalty of a $550 fine.
5.3.1 Students must not possess a knife or other prohibited weapon at school, an off-site school event or in a public place, even if the student is of the belief that it is for their own protection. If a student feels worried, intimidated or fearful of harm they are encouraged to speak to their teacher, the Principal or a school counsellor.
5.3.2 Students must report to their teacher or the Principal any information about a student that has brought a knife or other prohibited weapon to school.