Know Your Rights: Interacting with Law Enforcement

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Arlington Public Schools wants to make sure our secondary students know their 4th and 5th Amendment rights and have all the resources they need to develop positive relationships with all members of the community and become informed, civic-minded members of society. On May 3, 2022, all secondary students and staff will be enrolled in a “Know Your Rights” Canvas course.

Since 2018 we have provided students with a Know Your Rights Brochure/Guide and a Canvas course.  The course and brochure were updated this year to align with the new agreement with Arlington County Police.  The guide is available in five languages and the Canvas course is available in English and Spanish.

The student guide, “Know Your Rights: Your Guide to Interacting with Law Enforcement,” and Canvas course goals are to:

  • Remind students to remain calm and respectful when interacting with law enforcement;
  • Suggest language that students can use to express their rights; and
  • Provide information regarding searches.

We hope that this resource will encourage families to engage in conversations about expectations for their student(s) when interacting with law enforcement.

Additional resources about juvenile interactions with law enforcement include:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gradis White, Director of School Climate and Culture, at


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