POLICY MANUAL

Relations with Law Enforcement Authorities - Policy KNAJ

Investigations by Law Enforcement Officers at School
When it becomes necessary for any law enforcement officer to interrogate a student on school premises, the principal shall be contacted immediately. The principal or his/her designee shall make a reasonable effort to contact the parent or guardian and have the parent or guardian in attendance for the conference. If the parent or guardian cannot be present for the conference, then the principal or his/her designee shall be present throughout the interrogation.

Service of Process at School
Law enforcement should not serve students with court papers on non-school related matters during school operation without the permission of the Division Superintendent. If a staff member is to be served, the School Board encourages the process server to make all reasonable attempts to serve the documents off school premises. When a staff member or student is to be served with a legal process at school, this should occur in the school administrative office.

Development of Programs
The Superintendent shall seek to develop, in cooperation with the local law-enforcement agencies, juvenile and domestic relations court judges and personnel, parents, and the community at large, programs and procedures to prevent violence and crime on school property and at school-sponsored events. The Superintendent shall obtain and use Sex Offender Registry information in accordance with Policy KN.

Report to Law Enforcement Officials
Except as may otherwise be required by federal law, regulation, or jurisprudence, the principal shall immediately report to local law-enforcement officials all incidents listed below that may constitute a criminal offense:

1. assault and battery which results in bodily injury, sexual assault, death, shooting, stabbing, cutting, or wounding of any person or stalking of any person as described in Va. Code § 18.2-60.3, on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity; or

2. any conduct involving alcohol, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids as defined in § 18.2-248.1:1, a controlled substance, imitation controlled substance, or an anabolic steroid on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity, including the theft of or attempted theft of student prescription medications; or

3. any threats against school personnel while on a school bus, on school property, or at school-sponsored activity; or

4. the illegal carrying of a firearm, as defined by Va. Code § 22.1-277.07, onto school property;

5. any illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosive materials or devices, or hoax explosive devices, as defined in Va. Code § 18.2-85, or explosive or incendiary devices, as defined in Va. Code § 18.2-433.1, or chemical bombs, as described in Va. Code § 18.2-87.1, on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity; or

6. any threats or false threats to bomb, as described in Va. Code § 18.2-83, made against school personnel or involving school property or school buses.

The principal may report to local law enforcement officials any incident involving the assault or assault and battery, without bodily injury, of any person on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity.

Adopted: July 12, 2016

Legal Refs.:

Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, §§ 8.01-47, 8.01-293, 9.1-101, 16.1-264, 22.1-279.3:1, 22.1-280.2:1, 22.1-293(B-D).

Cross Refs.:

JFC Student Conduct
JGD/JGE Student Suspension/Expulsion
CLA Reporting Acts of Violence and Substance Abuse
KN Sex Offender Registry Information

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