School City of East Chicago
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5540 - THE SCHOOLS AND GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES

The School Board is committed to protect students from individuals not associated with the School Corporation seeking access to students at school, but also recognizes its responsibility to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and Child Protective Services of the Welfare Department.

When such agencies request permission to interrogate a student at school, the Central administration shall attempt to inform the student's parents, unless directed not to do so by the representative of the agency, because the parent is the target of the investigation.

When Child Protective Services or a law enforcement agency states a legitimate purpose for questioning or examining a student while the student is entrusted to the school corporation, the principal or representative shall be present throughout the proceedings, unless ordered not to be present by a representative of the agency or court.

When an agency removes a student from school, the principal shall notify the student's parent and the Superintendent before the time the student would normally arrive home on that day.

No student shall be released to an agency, other than a law enforcement agency or Child Protective Services, without written parental permission, except in the event of emergency or for the protection of life or property as determined by the principal in consultation with the Central administration.

As used in this policy, "student" means any person enrolled in classes other than adult education classes, and is not limited to persons under eighteen (18) years of age.

The Superintendent shall prepare guidelines to promote understanding and cooperation between staff members and students and these agencies.

I.C. 20-33-11

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