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1.40 - Visitors

All visitors to school property are required to report to the main office and receive permission to remain on school property. All visitors, including parents and siblings, are required to enter through the main entrance of the building, follow all check-in protocols and proceed immediately to the office or approved destination.

Visitors must sign in, identifying their name, the date and time of arrival, and the classroom or location they are visiting.  Approved visitors must take a tag identifying themselves as a guest and place the tag on their outer clothing in a clearly visible location.  Visitors are required to proceed immediately to their location in a quiet manner. All visitors must return to the main office, sign out and return identification tags before leaving the school.

On those occasions when large groups of parents/guardians, friends, and/or community members are invited onto school property or when community members are attending Board of Education meetings, visitors are not required to sign in but must follow school officials' instructions.

Except as provided in the next paragraph, any persons wishing to confer with a staff member should contact that staff member to make an appointment.

Requests to access a school building, facility, and/or educational program, or to interview personnel or a student for purposes of accessing the student's special education needs, should be made at the appropriate building. Access shall be facilitated according to guidelines from the Superintendent or designee.

Visitors are expected to abide by all school rules during their time on school property.   A visitor who fails to conduct himself or herself in a manner that is appropriate will be asked to leave and may be subject to criminal penalties for trespass and/or disruptive behavior.

No person on school property or at a school event shall perform any of the following acts:

1. Strike, injure, threaten, harass, or intimidate a staff member, board member, sports official or coach, or any other person.

2. Behave in an unsportsmanlike manner or use vulgar or obscene language.

3. Unless specifically permitted by State law, possess a weapon, any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or looks like a weapon, or any dangerous device.

4. Damage or threaten to damage another’s property.

5. Damage or deface school property.

6. Violate any Illinois law or municipal, local, or county ordinance.

7. Smoke or otherwise use tobacco products.

8. Distribute, consume, use, possess, or be impaired by or under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, cannabis, other lawful product, or illegal drug.

9. Be present when the person’s alcoholic beverage, cannabis, other lawful product, or illegal drug consumption is detectible, regardless of when and/or where the use occurred.

10. Use or possess medical cannabis, unless he or she has complied with Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act and District policies.

11. Impede, delay, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with any school activity or function (including using cellular phones in a disruptive manner).

12. Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those that are lawful and authorized by the board.

13. 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.

14. Engage in any risky behavior, including rollerblading, roller-skating, or skateboarding.

15. Violate other district policies or regulations, or a directive from an authorized security officer or district employee.

16. Engage in any conduct that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the district or a school function.

Any person who engages in prohibited conduct may be ejected from or denied admission to school property in accordance with State law. The person may also be subject to being denied admission to school athletic or extracurricular events for up to one calendar year.

Round Lake Area Schools Community Unit District 116 Policy, 8:30, Visitors to and Conduct on School Property