226P - Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry Information

  • Generally
    Each school in the division registers with the Department of State Police to receive electronic notice of the registration, reregistration, or verification of registration information of any person required to register with the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry (the Registry) within the division.

    The Superintendent establishes procedures regarding the use and distribution of information received from the Registry. Information received from the Registry may not be used to intimidate or harass.

    The Superintendent notifies the parent of each student enrolled in the school division of the availability of information in the Registry and the location of the website.

    Visitors to Schools
    When the school division learns that a parent, other than a parent who has been convicted of a Tier III offense as defined in Va. Code § 9.1-902, of an enrolled student is required to register with the Registry, the parent is notified in writing that he or she is barred from being present at school or at school functions without the express written approval of the student’s principal. Such approval must be obtained in advance of the proposed visit and will state the conditions under which the parent may be present. When such a parent is permitted at school or at school functions the parent is monitored to ensure that he or she does not come into contact with any children other than the parent’s own children.

    When the school division learns that any person other than the parent of an enrolled student, who is required to register with the Registry, but who has not been convicted of a Tier III offense, as defined in Va. Code § 9.1-902, seeks to be present at school or at school functions, the person is notified in writing that he or she is barred from being present at school or school functions without the express written approval of the principal of the school the person seeks to visit or which sponsors the event the person seeks to attend. Such approval must be obtained in advance of the proposed visit and, if obtained, will state the conditions under which the person may be present. One of the conditions will be that the person will be monitored to ensure the safety of students, staff, and others.

    Principals consider requests to be present at school or at school sponsored activities from all persons who are required to register with the Registry but have not been convicted of a Tier III offense as defined in Va. Code § 9.1-902 in accordance with procedures established by the superintendent.

    No adult who has been convicted of a Tier III offense, as defined in Va. Code § 9.1-902, may enter or be present during school hours, and during school-related or school-sponsored activities on any property the person knows or has reason to know is a school or child day center property, school bus, or on any property, public or private, when such property is solely being used by an elementary or secondary school for a school-related or school-sponsored activity unless

    • the person is a lawfully registered and qualified voter and is coming upon such property solely to vote;

    • the person is a student enrolled at the school; or

    • the person has obtained a court order pursuant to Va. Code 18.2-370.5.C allowing the person to enter and be present upon such property, has obtained the permission of the School Board or its designee for entry within all or part of the scope of the lifted ban, and is in compliance with the School Board’s terms and conditions and those of the court order.

     

     

    Legal Reference(s):
    Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, Section(s) 22.1-79, 22.1-79.3, 9.1-914, 9.1-902, and 18.2-370.5

    Commonwealth v. Doe, 278 Va. 223 (2009)

     

    Cross Reference(s):
    Policy 102P, Bylaws- Duties and Powers

    Policy 427P, Students- Relations with Law Enforcement Officials

    Policy 609P, Community Relations- School Visitors

    Policy 720P, Operations and Finance- Purchasing

     

    Adopted: June 19, 2007
    Amended: June 17, 2008
    Amended: January 19, 2010
    Amended: August 16, 2011
    Amended: June 16, 2020
    Amended: May 18, 2021