Removal of Student During School Hours - Procedures - 3440-P
Schools must exercise a high order of responsibility for the care of students while in school. The removal of a student during the school day may be authorized in accordance with the following procedures:
- Law enforcement officers, upon proper identification, may remove a student from school without a warrant provided that the law enforcement officer signs a statement that they are removing the student from the school. Such authority to take a student into custody is based on the existence of probable cause. Custodial parents should be contacted as soon as possible when a student is taken into custody.
- Any other agencies must have a written administrative or court order directing the school district to give custody to them. Proper identification is required before the student will be released.
- A student will be released to the custodial parent. When in doubt as to who has custodial rights, school enrollment records must be relied upon as the parents (or guardians) have the burden of furnishing schools with accurate, up-to-date information.
- Prior written authorization from the custodial parent or guardian is required before releasing a student into someone else's custody unless an emergency situation justifies a waiver.
- Police should be called if a visitor becomes disruptive or abusive.
July 20, 1998