Chapter 9.75


9.75.010    Designated.

9.75.020    Definitions.

9.75.030    Lawful purpose or authorization.

9.75.040    Posting of notices.

9.75.050    Recreational area excepted.

9.75.060    Statutory authority.

9.75.010 Designated.

A person shall be guilty of the crime of trespassing if said person is on school property as posted in SMC 9.75.040 without lawful purpose or authorization as defined in SMC 9.75.030. [Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985; Ord. 1464 § 1, 1984.]

9.75.020 Definitions.

For the purpose of this chapter, the words set out in this section shall have the following meanings:

A. “Actual attendance at an event” means inside the school-owned area for which admittance fees are required, or if attendance fees are not required, that area inside which a fee would have been required had the school district or administration determined to charge for admittance.

B. “School property” means that property which is owned by the Sunnyside School District or any other school located within the City.

C. “Student” means a person of school age who is duly enrolled in the Sunnyside School District or in any other school located within the City and who is not currently under suspension from attendance at classes of said school and/or district.

D. “Recreational area” means those areas established by the Sunnyside School District, and by the administration of any other school located within the City, for use during nonschool hours for recreational activities, including, but not limited to, basketball, tennis, baseball, football and soccer.

E. “Authorized individual” means any administrator or employee of the school, or other person delegated with the responsibility of supervision for school property. [Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985; Ord. 1464 § 1, 1984.]

9.75.030 Lawful purpose or authorization.

“Lawful purpose or authorization” shall be defined as follows:

A. Those persons who are on school property for the purpose of conducting lawful business;

B. A student assigned to the school at which he or she is found within one-half hour before and one-half hour after the beginning or the conclusion of official school hours as set by the school district or administration;

C. If said student is engaged in athletic or other extracurricular events sponsored by the school, then said student shall have 60 minutes after the close of such event to leave the premises;

D. If a nonstudent, other than a parent of a student, is on the premises for the purpose of delivering a student or picking up a student from school or from an event as described in subsection (C) of this section, said nonstudent must have the permission of the parent or guardian of said student to pick up said student; the time period for this nonstudent to be on the school property is 15 minutes prior to and 15 minutes after school hours and/or extracurricular activities; in addition, a nonstudent, other than a parent or guardian of a student, shall not be present on school property during lunch or recess periods;

E. In the event that the extracurricular activity, such as sporting events, concerns, dances and the like, permits nonstudents to attend, then the nonstudent may remain on the premises involved only and must depart within 60 minutes after the end of such event;

F. To be included in the interpretation of lawful purpose or authorization for extracurricular events, the nonstudent must be in actual attendance of the event; actual attendance does not permit gathering in parking lots or other school areas adjacent to buildings or stadiums during the activity; persons not in actual attendance of an event but on school property will be deemed to be trespassing;

G. In all cases a nonstudent will be guilty of trespassing if said person fails to leave the school property after being ordered to do so by an authorized individual. [Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985; Ord. 1464 § 1, 1984.]

9.75.040 Posting of notices.

The school authorities must post notices on their property which shall read as follows:


[Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985; Ord. 1464 § 1, 1984.]

9.75.050 Recreational area excepted.

Those students and nonstudents who are making recreational use of the areas designated by the Sunnyside School District or the administration of any other schools located within the City as recreational areas outside school hours, whose conduct is otherwise lawful, will not be deemed to be trespassing. [Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985; Ord. 1464 § 1, 1984.]

9.75.060 Statutory authority.

The provisions of RCW 28A.87.010 and 28A.87.055 are adopted by reference in this section, as if fully set forth, and as may be hereinafter amended. [Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985.]