Warren City School District
Bylaws & Policies
 

9150 - SCHOOL VISITORS

The Board of Education welcomes and encourages visits to school by parents, other adult residents of the community and interested educators. But in order for the educational program to continue undisturbed when visitors are present and to prevent the intrusion of disruptive persons into the schools, it is necessary to invoke visitor controls.

The Superintendent or building principal has the authority to prohibit the entry of any person to a school of this District or to expel any person when there is reason to believe the presence of such person would be detrimental to the good order of the school. If such an individual refuses to leave the school grounds or creates a disturbance, the principal is authorized to request from the local law enforcement agency whatever assistance is required to remove the individual.

The Superintendent shall promulgate regulations that will protect students and employees of the District from disruption to the educational program or the efficient conduct of their assigned tasks.

Persons wishing to visit a school or class should make arrangements in advance with the school office. Upon their arrival at the school, visitors must register at the office where they will receive a pass, instructions and be provided with a guide. At no time shall a staff member transact business with a person in the school who has not duly registered at the school office and received authorization to be present for the purpose of conducting business.

No visitor may confer with a student in school without the approval of the principal. Should an emergency require that a student be called to the school office to meet a visitor, the principal/designee must be present during the meeting. A student is not permitted to leave the school with anyone who has not been clearly identified as his/her parent in custody or guardian or a person authorized to act on the behalf of a parent or guardian.

Any visitor to the school whose presence or conduct is disruptive, or whose behavior, past or present suggests that s/he intends or is likely to become disruptive, may be requested to leave the premises. If the visitor so addressed does not withdraw, the principal may summon assistance from the local law enforcement agency.

Individual Board members who are interested in visiting schools or classrooms on an unofficial basis shall make the appropriate arrangements with the building principal. In keeping with Board bylaw, such Board member visits shall not be considered to be official unless designated as such by the Board.

The Board member shall be visiting as an interested individual in a similar capacity of any parent or citizen of the community. These visits should not be considered to be inspections nor as supervisory in nature.

If, during a visit to a school or program, a Board member observes a situation or condition which causes concern, s/he should discuss the situation first with the Superintendent as soon as convenient or appropriate. Such a report or discussion shall not be considered an official one from the School Board.