7:150 Students-Agency and Police Interviews

Agency and Police Interviews

The Superintendent shall develop procedures to manage requests by agency officials or police officers to interview students at school. Procedures will:

1.       Recognize individual student rights and privacy,

2.       Recognize the potential impact an interview may have on an individual student,

3.       Minimize potential disruption,

4.       Foster a cooperative relationship with public agencies and law enforcement, and

5.       Comply with State law including, but not limited to, ensuring that before a law enforcement officer, school resource officer, or other school security person detains and questions on school grounds  a student under 18 years of age who is suspected of committing a criminal act, the Superintendent or designee will:

a.       Notify or attempt to notify the student’s parent/guardian and document the time and manner in writing;

b.       Make reasonable efforts to ensure the student’s parent/guardian is present during questioning or, if they are not present, ensure that school employees (including, but not limited to, a school social worker, psychologist, nurse, guidance counselor, or any other mental health professional) are present during the questioning; and

c.       If practicable, make reasonable efforts to ensure a trained law enforcement officer to promote safe interactions and communications with the student is present during questioning.

LEGAL REF.:        105 ILCS 5/10-20.64, 5/22-85 (final citation pending)

                              55 ILCS 80/, Children’s Advocacy Center Act.

325 ILCS 5/, Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.

720 ILCS 5/31-1 et seq., Interference with Public Officers Act.

725 ILCS 120/, Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act.

CROSS REF.:         5:90 (Abused and Neglected Child Reporting), 7:130 (Student Rights and Responsibilities), 7:140 (Search and Seizure), 7:190 (Student Behavior)

First Read: April 8, 2020

Adopted: May 13, 2020