School resource officers; memorandums of understanding. (HB897)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from co-patron Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School resource officers; memorandums of understanding. The bill requires that the required memorandum of understanding entered into by a local school board and local law-enforcement agency be consistent with the model memorandum of understanding developed by the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety. The bill requires that the model memorandum contain provisions that prohibit school resource officers from (i) conducting a search of a student's person or property while on school property unless such resource officer has probable cause to conduct such a search and either has a judicial warrant authorizing the search or has identified exigent circumstances necessitating a warrantless search; (ii) participating in any request for assistance from a federal agency without a subpoena or warrant; (iii) inquiring as to whether a student was born in a country other than the United States or is a citizen of a country other than the United States, unless such inquiry is in connection with an kidnapping or extortion investigation; and (iv) absent exigent circumstances, questioning any student without prior notification to the parent or guardian of such student's right to refuse to be questioned or searched. The bill also provides that the model memorandum of understanding shall contain provisions regarding the use of translators or appropriate guardians to assist students in responding to questions from a school resource officer. The bill requires each such school board and local law-enforcement agency to review the memorandum of understanding every four years or at any time upon request of either party. The bill provides that such memorandum shall be made available for public review and comment at least 30 days prior to its adoption. The bill also redefines "school resource officer" to specifically prohibit a school resource officer from investigating or enforcing violations of school board policies, including student conduct codes. This bill was incorporated into HB 292. Read the Bill »


01/29/2020: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101943D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2020Assigned Education sub: Pre-K-12
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB897)
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB292-VanValkenburg)
01/29/2020Incorporated by Education (HB292-VanValkenburg)

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