Visiting School

Visiting School (Board Policy 907)

The District has the authority to prohibit entry of any person and may limit visitors to designated areas or limit the number of visitors when necessary to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the public. Additionally, there may be times when schools will not be open to visitors because of school security concerns and emergency situations.
To ensure order in the schools and to protect students and employees, the following guidelines have been established. 
  • Students are not permitted to bring friends, house guests, etc., to school during the regular school day without the prior permission of the building principal. Any permission to do so for extraordinary reasons must have prior approval of an administrator at least one day in advance.
  • Persons wishing to visit a school should make arrangements in advance with the school office in that building. Permission must be secured at least 48 hours in advance from the principal (or the Department of Special Education), if the purpose of a school visit is to observe a classroom session.
  • Small students tend to be a distracting influence, and their presence usually makes it impossible to observe a normal classroom situation. We ask that visitors do not bring siblings or other young students to school visits.
  • For security purposes, all entrances to District buildings are secured during school hours of operation. Only the main entrance of a building that is monitored and capable of controlling visitor entry may be used when visiting a school. 
  • Upon arrival, visitors must park in designated parking areas, sign in/out at the school’s main office, and provide a valid driver’s license or other state-issued identification. The ID will be scanned and a visitor’s badge will be printed. If a visitor refuses, or is unable, to present a valid form of ID to the building office when checking in, the visitor must be escorted at all times during their visit.
  • All visitors will be required to wear and openly display the District issued visitor’s pass during the time they are in the school. The badge is self-expiring, meaning after 12 hours a red stop sign will appear on the front so it cannot be reused.
  • No visitor may confer with a student in school, or have direct contact with a student, without the approval of the building administration or designee.
  • Parents and visitors to our schools and school-related events are welcome to take photos of their student for their personal use. However, guests are asked to respect the privacy and confidentiality of other families and are urged not to post photographs or videos which clearly identify someone else’s student on social media websites.
  • Electronic surveillance devices are being used within the schools to protect students and staff. Individuals found tampering with surveillance equipment will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
  • The presence of a non-registered visitor will be reported to the police and the visitor will be asked to leave. 
To protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the school community, visitors are expected to follow these established guidelines. Individuals exhibiting disorderly conduct or refusing to follow District rules while on school property are subject to arrest. Arrest on District property will result in a loss of future visiting privileges.

Volunteer Clearance Policy & Procedures

The District welcomes and encourages volunteers in its schools, classrooms and as part of extracurricular activities. For the safety of students and staff members, any adult wishing to volunteer is required to complete the Volunteer Application Process before being approved to do so. Click here for more details
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