SCHOOL NOTIFICATION

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Law enforcement is required to notify school officials of the arrest of any person or juvenile believed to be enrolled in a public primary or secondary school.  This legal duty is another exception to the rule that juvenile records are confidential.  These records are not, however, available to the public, and any person who receives information under the school notification rule may not disclose it except as specifically authorized by law.

Law enforcement must report to school officials any felon offense and the following misdemeanors:

  • Unlawful restraint
  • Indecent exposure
  • Assault
  • Deadly conduct
  • Terroristic threat
  • Engaging in organized criminal activity
  • Controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, or marijuana offenses
  • Unlawful possession of weapons or devices
  • Unlawful possession of any prohibited weapon

Sex Offender Information

Besides notifying schools about certain offenses committed by students, law enfacement also has the duty to immediately notify school officials in a public school district where a registered sex offender intends to reside if:

  • The victim at the time of the offense was a child younger than 17 or a student in a public or private secondary school;
  • The person subject to registration is a student enrolled in a public or private secondary school; or
  • The basis for the sex offender registration is a conviction, deferred adjudication, or adjudication for delinquent conduct for sexual performance b y a child, or possession or promotion of child pornography.

The information contained in the notice may include any information the agency feels is necessary to protect the public, except the person’s social security number or driver’s license number, or any home, work, or cellular telephone n umber, and any information that would identify the victim of the offense.  On receipt of this notice, the superintendent must release the information to appropriate school district personnel, including peace officers and security personnel, principals, nurses, and counselors.