By August 1, 2018 each school district shall adopt policy and procedures for interviews and interrogations of students on school premises that, at minimum, incorporates the model policy and procedures by the Washington State School Directors Association.
For law enforcement interviews/interrogations of students NOT involving child abuse or neglect investigations:
- For students under 12; parents, guardians, or designated adults must be notified and provide permission before any interview or interrogation unless there is a warrant, court order, or other pressing circumstances.
- For students 12 and over; the principal or designee will make reasonable efforts to contact the parents or guardians prior to the interview or as soon as possible after. If they cannot be reached, other designated adults should be contacted.
Parents are not required to be contacted if there is alleged abuse or neglect.
Law enforcement must recognize the potential time delay for parents to respond and arrive at the school