505.50 Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies

Generally, students may not be interviewed during the school day by persons other than parents and District officials and employees.

Requests from law enforcement officers and from persons other than parents, District officials, and employees to interview students are made through the principal's office. Upon receiving a request, it is the responsibility of the principal/designee to determine whether the request will be granted. Generally, prior to granting a request, the principal/designee will attempt to contact the parents to inform them of the request and to ask them to be present.

If a child abuse investigator wishes to interview a student, the principal/designee will defer to the investigator's judgment as to whether the student should be interviewed independently from the student's parents, whether the school is the most appropriate setting for the interview, and who will be present during the interview.

Students will not be taken from school without the consent of the principal/designee and without proper warrant.
“Interviews” for purposes of the news media is not covered in this policy.


Legal Reference:
Iowa Code §§ 232; 280.17 (2007).
281 I.A.C. 102.
441 I.A.C. 9.2; 155; 175.
1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 275.

Cross Reference:
402.2 Child Abuse Reporting
502.15 Search and Seizure
503 Student Discipline
902.4 Live Broadcast, Videotaping or Photography


Approved:

Reviewed:
January 8, 2001
April 21, 2003
December 21, 2009
January 19, 2015

Revised:
January 8, 2001
December 21, 2009
January 19, 2015