Fairfax County Public School Board Reforms Disciplinary Procedures

On July 26, 2018, the Fairfax County School Board voted to adopt a new memorandum of understanding, ("MOU"), between Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Brabrand and Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr.   The new MOU requires school resource officers to (1) contact a student’s parents or guardian before questioning about any possible criminal activity and (2) inform both the student and their guardian of their Miranda rights prior to the interview.  In addition, the MOU limits interventions by school resources officers to incidents involving safety concerns that cannot be resolved by school security staff.  Parents and students in the Fairfax County Public Schools system should carefully review the MOU and 2018-2019 Student Rights and Responsibilities guide before the school year begins on August 28, 2018.