Search and Seizure 5-65

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 5-65


Search and Seizure

Warrantless searches may be conducted when there are reasonable grounds for suspicion that the student has violated or is violating state or federal laws, city codes, school board policies or division regulations. Such searches shall be made by the principal in the presence of the student if he/she is available.

Designated school officials may search any student when there is reasonable basis to believe that the student possesses an item which violates local, state or federal law, school board policies or division regulations, or which may be harmful to the school or its students and staff. Strip search of students is not permitted.

The superintendent shall develop procedures for conducting search and seizure which conform to law and the guidelines promulgated by the Board of Education.

Editor's Note

See School Board Policy 5-37 and Division Regulation 5-37.1 for reporting to law enforcement personnel.
See Memorandum of Understanding between the Virginia Beach Police Department and the School Board 5/17/01.

New Jersey v T.L.O., 469 U.S. 325 (1985).

Code of Virginia, 1950 as amended, § 22.1-279.7.

VDOE School Search Resource Guide (VDOE October 2000)

Vernonia School District 47 J v. Action, 515 U.S. 646 (1995)

DesRoches by DesRoches v. Caprio, 974 F. Supp. 542 (E.D.Va 1997)

School Board Policy 5-37
Division Regulation 5-37_1

Adopted by School Board: December 11, 1968
Amended by School Board: October 19, 1982
Amended by School Board: August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: September 15, 1992
Amended by School Board: June 15, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: October 9, 2001