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502.9 Interviews of Students by Outside Agencies

Code No. 502.9


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

Requests from law enforcement officers and from persons other than parents or legal guardians, school 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 to determine whether the request will be granted. Generally, prior to granting a request, the principal will attempt to contact the parents or legal guardians 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 will defer to the investigator's judgment as to whether the student should be interviewed independently from the student's parents or guadians, 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 and without proper warrant.

NOTE: Iowa law does not address access to students by law enforcement authorities or other officials. This policy reflects the generally accepted practice of school districts.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code §§ 232; 280.17 (2013).
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
502.8 Search and Seizure
503 Student Discipline
902.2 News Conferences and Interviews

Approved: 10/28/09

Reviewed: 2/6/22

Revised: 1/6/10

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA