VISITORS TO DISTRICT FACILITIES
The district believes that a better understanding of our educational program
and improved relationship between the schools and community can be developed
through school visitations of parents and patrons for the purpose of observation
of the work of students and staff or to observe district facilities.
However, the district is also responsible for the schools' supervision
and administration, and for ensuring that schoolwork is not disrupted and that
the schools are safe for students and staff.
With these goals in mind, visitors to the school must follow the
All visitors to the schools must immediately report to the school office
upon entering the school and must sign in, stating their name and the purpose of
Teachers' work must not be impeded by interruption of visitors or by
unreasonable demands on their time.
Visitors who come in to observe must not contact
or interact with students except as authorized by the principal and/or teachers.
Authorization must be in compliance with all federal and state laws and
With appropriate advanced notice, parents can
also authorize private meetings during school hours between their child(ren) and
Visitors with valid business (i.e., meeting with a student teacher or
administrator) shall state the purpose of their visit, and will be directed to
the appropriate location
Visitors who are present to observe the operation of the school shall be
accompanied by a school official or teacher and may not travel throughout the
Only parents or legal guardians will be allowed
to visit the school for the purpose of socializing with a student, except
on designated special days (i.e., grandparents' day).
Parents must sign in upon entering the school and they must conduct
themselves in such a way as to not disrupt the educational process.
Parents are expected to limit their contacts to
their individual child. In
addition, parents must be respectful of the needs, views
and beliefs of the other students of the school during their visits and
should not discuss controversial subjects with any student other than their own. A private meeting space will be made available if parents
wish to discuss topics of a sensitive nature.
Restricting/Ending Permission to Visit
When the principal determines that a
visitor is in violation of federal or state law, or district policy, the
visitor should not be permitted to enter or remain on school grounds.
principal shall do the following:
A. Advise the person that he/she is refused admission and give that person
an explanation for the refusal; and
If possible and appropriate, attempt to arrange alternative visitation of
the school facilities.
A visitor with permission to visit may be directed to leave when any
teacher or administrator reasonably believes the visitor has engaged in
physical contact, loud or disruptive speech or behavior, or violation of a
posted school rule or law.
A visitor may also be directed to leave by school
officials if the visit would be disruptive to the educational program or school
order, would impede the work of teachers, or if the visitorís course of
conduct would conflict with Board policies, district regulations, or would
violate the law.
A direction to leave revokes any permission to visit or license to enter.
Whenever possible, the direction should be given
in writing or followed by written notice which identifies the issues and gives a
brief statement of the reason for the direction to leave. Refusal to obey a direction to leave will be considered
trespassing, the police may be called to remove the unauthorized visitor.
Visitors who have been directed to leave may not enter the school at a
later time unless permission has been given by school officials.
Any visitor who believes that he/she has had a visit unfairly limited may
request a meeting with the superintendent.
The superintendent, as promptly as possible, shall
advise the Board of Education,
the visitor, shall investigate the dispute,
and render a written decision. The
superintendentís decision may be appealed to the Board.
Any visitor who commits a violent act or threatens to commit a violent act
toward a student or staff member while on school grounds, at a school-sponsored
event, or on the way to or from school shall be reported immediately to the
principal and superintendent. Law enforcement officials shall be contacted if appropriate.