507.04 – Interview with Students

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

Requests from law enforcement officers and from persons other than parents, school district officials, and employees to interview students shall be made through the principal’s office. Upon receiving a request, it shall be the responsibility of the principal to determine whether the request will be granted. When practical, generally, prior to granting a request, the principal shall 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 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 excluding law enforcement agencies with proper legal documentation.

Legal Reference: Iowa Code 232; 280.17 (1995). 281 1.A.C. 102. 441 1.A.C.; 9.2; 155; 175. 1980 op. Atey Gen. 275.

Date of Adoption: December 21, 1987

Reviewed & Revised: September 3, 1991; December 4, 1995; April 21, 2003; January 21, 2008; March 15, 2019