Investigations by Law Enforcement Officers at School
When it becomes necessary for any law enforcement officer to interrogate a student on school premises, the school 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
Should there be a need to serve a student or school employee with any “legal process”, the School Board encourages the process server to make all reasonable attempts to serve such documents off school premises; however, if the documents must be served on school premises, they shall be served at the principal’s office of the school at which the student is in attendance or the main office of the facility at which the employee is assigned. In any case in which custody or visitation of a minor child is at issue and a summons is issued for the attendance and testimony of a teacher or other school employee who is not a party to the proceeding, if such summons is served on school property, it may be served only by a sheriff or his deputy.
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:
- Assault and battery which results in bodily injury, sexual assault, death, shooting, stabbing, cutting or wounding of any person on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity; or
- Any conduct involving alcohol, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoids as defined in sec. 1832-248.1:1 a controlled substance, imitation controlled substance, or an anabolic steroid on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity; or
- Any threats against school personnel while on a school bus, on school property, or at school-sponsor activity, including the theft of or attempted theft of student prescription medications; or
- The illegal carrying of a firearm, as defined by Va. Code sec. 22.1-277.07, onto school property, any illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosive materials or devices, or hoax explosive devices, as defined in Va. Code sec. 18.2-433.1, or chemical bombs, as described in Va. Code sec. 18.2-87.1, on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity; or
- Any threats or false threats to bomb, as described in Va. Code sec. 18.2-83, made against school personnel 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.