609P - School Visitors

  • For the purpose of this policy, a visitor is defined as any person, other than an employee, who is on school property for any reason or who is participating in or attending a school-sponsored activity.

    Visitors are encouraged to visit schools when they have a need or opportunity to do so as long as their presence is not disruptive. Students and teachers are to be protected from interruptions during the school day. Exceptions may be made by the principal when the best educational interest of the students and school will be served. Upon arriving at a school, all visitors must register at the school office and present a valid, government-issued ID. Potential visitors, including parents, who are registered sex offenders, should consult Policy 226P, Administration- Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Information.

    Visitors shall not be allowed on school property unless on official business or a spectator or participant in either a school supervised activity or an activity that is open to the public. The school division expects mutual respect, civility, and orderly conduct from all individuals on school property and at school events. Unauthorized persons, including suspended and expelled students, will be requested to leave school grounds. Unauthorized persons who fail to leave school grounds after being asked to do so will be considered trespassers and may be reported to law enforcement. Any person who willfully interrupts or disturbs the operation of any school or, being intoxicated, disturbs the same, whether willfully or not, may be ejected and/or prosecuted.

    In the interest of protecting student safety and respecting a parent/guardian’s role in authorizing the storage or use of any image or voice recordings or other similar identifying information on a student during school-day operations, visitors shall not photograph, videotape, record or transmit any school-day operations. For purposes of this policy, “school-day operations” include school-based activities or events (curricular, extra-curricular, co-curricular, and athletic) which are not specifically designated or regarded by school officials as open to the general public.

    In accordance with Policy 624P, Community Relations- Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products, the use or distribution of tobacco products and nicotine vapor products is not permitted on a school bus; on school property; at an on-site or off-site school sponsored activity; or in any vehicle used by the division to transport students, staff, visitors or other persons.

    No one may possess or consume any alcoholic beverage in or on the grounds of any public school during school hours or during any school or student activity. In addition, no one may consume, and no organization shall serve, any alcoholic beverage in or on the grounds of any public school after school hours or during any school or student activity, except for religious congregations using wine for sacramental purposes only.

    Visitors are prohibited from possessing a controlled substance, imitation controlled substance or marijuana, as defined in Code of Virginia Section 18.2-247, on school property or at a school-sponsored activity.

    Carrying, using or possessing any firearm, dangerous device, or dangerous or deadly weapon on school property or at a school-sponsored activity without the authorization of the school or the school division is prohibited, as defined in Code of Virginia Section 18.2-308.1.

    Visitors found to be in violation of this policy, Policy 226P, Administration- Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Information, or engaged in or advocating illegal activity while on school property, including school buses, or while participating in or attending a school-sponsored activity shall be reported by the building administrator to law enforcement.

    Any person who willfully and maliciously damages, destroys or defaces any school district building, or damages or removes any school property from a school building, is required to compensate the school division and may be prosecuted.

     

    Legal Reference(s):
    20 U.S.C. Sections 6083, 7973

    Code of Virginia, Section(s) 4.1-309, 15.22820-2833, 18.2-119, 18.2-128, 18.2-247, 18.2-308, 18.2-308.1, 18.2-308.7, 18.2‑415, 22.1-4.3, 22.1-79

     

    Cross Reference(s):
    Policy 226P, Administration- Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Information

    Policy 228P, Administration- Observations and Tours

    Policy 402P, Students- Code of Student Conduct

    Regulation 402R-A, Students- Code of Student Conduct

    Policy 430P, Students- Possession of Firearms

    Policy 562P, Personnel- Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace

    Regulation 562R, Personnel- Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace

    Policy 623P, Service Animals in Public Schools

    Policy 624P, Community Relations- Tobacco and Nicotine Vapor Products

     

    Adopted: February 6, 1990
    Amended: June 19, 2007
    Amended: June 2, 2009
    Amended: December 1, 2009
    Amended: December 15, 2009
    Amended: August 16, 2011
    Amended: May 20, 2014
    Amended: April 21, 2015
    Amended: May 17, 2016
    Amended: August 15, 2017
    Amended: October 17, 2017
    Amended: August 21, 2018
    Amended: September 18, 2018
    Amended: June 18, 2019
    Amended: December 3, 2019
    Amended: May 18, 2021