8:030 Visitors to and Conduct on School Property
The following definitions apply to this policy:
School property – School buildings and grounds, all District buildings and grounds, vehicles used for school purposes, and any location used for a Board meeting, school athletic event, or other school-sponsored event.
Visitor – Any person other than an enrolled student or employee.
All visitors must sign a visitors’ log, show identification, wear a visitor’s badge and receive permission to remain on school property. When leaving the school, visitors must return their badge. On those occasions when large groups of visitors will be attending an event during a school day, visitors must follow school officials’ requirements for checking into the building. Persons on school property without permission will be directed to leave and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
The School District expects mutual respect, civility, and orderly conduct among all people on school property or at a school event. No person on school property or at a school event (including visitors, students, and employees) shall:
- Strike, injure, threaten, harass, or intimidate any person;
- Behave in a disrespectful or an unsportsmanlike manner, or use vulgar or obscene language;
- Possess a weapon, any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or looks like a weapon, or any dangerous device;
- Damage or threaten to damage another’s property;
- Damage or deface School District property;
- Violate any Illinois law, or town or county ordinance;
- Smoke, use tobacco products or use look-alike smoking materials such as e-cigarettes;
- Consume, possess, distribute, or be under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs;
- Impede, delay, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with any school activity or function (including using cellular phones in a disruptive manner);
- Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those that are lawful and authorized by the School Board;
- Operate a motor vehicle: (a) in a risky manner, (b) in excess of 20 miles per hour, or (c) in violation of an authorized District employee’s directive;
- Engage in any risky behavior, including roller-blading, roller-skating, or skateboarding;
- Violate other District policies or regulations, or a directive from an authorized security officer or District employee; or
- Engage in any conduct that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the District or a School function.
Convicted Child Sex Offender and Notification Laws
State law prohibits a child sex offender from being present on school property or loitering within 500 feet of school property when persons under the age of 18 are present, unless the offender meets either of the following two exceptions:
- The offender is a parent/guardian of a student attending the school and has notified the Building Principal of his or her presence at the school for the purpose of: (i) attending a conference with school personnel to discuss the progress of his or her child academically or socially, (ii) participating in child review conferences in which evaluation and placement decisions may be made with respect to his or her child regarding special education services, or (iii) attending conferences to discuss other student issues concerning his or her child such as retention and promotion; or
- The offender received permission to be present from the Superintendent or the School Board. If permission is granted, the Superintendent or Board President shall provide the details of the offender’s upcoming visit to the Building Principal.
Any staff member may request identification from any person on school grounds or in any school building; refusal to provide such information is a criminal act. The Building Principal or designee shall seek the immediate removal of any person who refuses to provide requested identification.
Any person who engages in conduct prohibited by this policy may be ejected from school property. The person is also subject to being denied admission to school events or meetings for up to one calendar year.
- Anyone observing a student violating this policy shall notify the Building Principal where the student is enrolled and the Principal shall take whatever action is appropriate under the student handbook and/or student code of conduct.
- The supervisor of any employee violating this poicy shall take whatever action is appropriate according to personnel rules and bargainining agreements, if any.
- Anyone observing a parent/guardian or other person violating this policy shall immediately notify the Building Principal or designee. The Principal or designee will request that the person act civilly or otherwise refrain from the prohibited conduct. If the person persists with uncivil or prohibited behavior, the Principal or designee shall request that the person immediately leave school property and may contact law enforcement, if appropriate.
- If a child sex offender violates this policy, school officials shall immediately contact law enforcement.
Procedures to Deny Future Admission to School Events or Meetings
Before any person may be denied admission to school events or meetings as provided in this policy, the person has a right to a hearing before the Board. The Superintendent may refuse the person admission pending such hearing. The Superintendent or designee must provide the person with a hearing notice, delivered or sent by certified mail with return receipt requested, at least 10 days before the Board hearing date. The hearing notice must contain:
- The date, time, and place of the Board hearing,
- A description of the prohibited conduct,
- The proposed time period that admission to school events will be denied, and
- Instructions on how to waive a hearing.
Nuding v. Cerro Gordo Community Unit School Dist., 730 N.E.2d 96 (Ill.App.4, 2000).
Pro-Children Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. §7181 et seq.
Date Adopted: 12/14/2010
Date Amended: 12/11/2013