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Safeguarding Our Children

Additional school policy changes regarding visitors to schools

Seeking to ensure that our children are even safer, the Great Neck School District is set to provide even more security in all of the district’s buildings. To this end, the Board of Education continues to consider new policies and revisions of existing policies. For the Policy on Code of Conduct: Visitors to the Schools, this new revision addresses a “more cautious approach” to visitors in the schools. 

The school board held the first of at least three required hearings on the proposal at the April 8 public action meeting and again at the April 17 meeting. The policy revision was approved and adopted at the May 13 public action meeting.

 

According to board trustee Susan Healy, chair of the board’s policy committee, these policy changes include the recognition that all staff members share the responsibility for assuring that any school visitors are there for legitimate purposes and the requirement that all visitors to a school enter through a designated single point of entry.

 

The Policy on Code of Conduct: Visitors to the School now reads as follows:

 

“As the Great Neck Public Schools are places of work and learning, certain limits must be set for visits to the schools. The building principal or his/her designee is responsible for all persons in the building and on the grounds. This is a shared responsibility and it is expected that all staff will confirm that any visitors to a school are there for legitimate purposes.

 

“In order to foster a secure environment for students and staff, the following rules apply to visitors to the schools:

 

 “1. Anyone who is not a regular staff member or student of the school will be considered a visitor.

 

 “2. All visitors to a school must enter through a designated single point of entry. They will be required to present photo identification, sign the visitor’s register and will be issued a visitor’s identification badge, which must be worn at all time while in the school or on school grounds. The visitor must return the identification badge before leaving the building.

 

 “3. Visitors attending school functions that are open to the public before, during or after regular school hours, such as parent-teacher organization meetings or public gatherings, are not required to register.

 

 “4. Visits for reasons other than attendance at school activities must be prearranged with the building principal.

 

 “5. Teachers are expected to not take class time to discuss individual matters with visitors.

 

 “6. Any unauthorized person on school property will be reported to the principal or his/her designee. Unauthorized persons will be asked to leave. The police may be called if the situation warrants.

 

No action was taken as this policy revision must appear before the board of education for at least three public hearings. The third hearing, and possible adoption, is set for the May 13 meeting.