We're Working to Keep Our Schools Safe

Following concerns addressed to the Board in the fall of 2016, we began a thorough review of our current building-level access procedures, and we've also dedicated much time to listening to the perspectives of our stakeholders.

Throughout the review process, the Board consulted with community members and leaders, our administration and staff, law enforcement, and attorneys. Regarding community input, the Board, among other things, allowed individuals to address the Board in open session, listened to comments during town hall meetings, held multiple meetings with members of our Hispanic community, and communicated via direct e-mail with parents in our notification system - giving all an opportunity to review draft policy language and comment. Comments for and against the draft policies have been provided and heard, and we appreciate the value of collaboration and constructive feedback in guiding our decisions.

At the January 30 Board of Education meeting, our board approved two policies (4.1.4 and 4.1.5) that keep safety a priority and also encourage parent involvement in our schools. The policies will go into effect in July 2017 and will be implemented at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

For the remainder of the 2016-17 school year, the current policy will remain in effect. In the meantime, open lunch dates for the remainder of this school year have been designated to accommodate parents who have not completed a background check but wish to visit their student during lunch. Further, we will immediately begin developing administrative, building-level guidance for implementing each policy. Our goal is to have those guidelines ready in a timely manner and to include them in all appropriate communications, before the start of next school year.

Click on the Policy Details link on the left to review the approved policies.

In summary, beginning in the 2017-18 school year, background checks are Not Required for attendance at - 
  • "open" lunch sessions
  • scheduled holiday parties
  • athletic events or other extra-curricular events
  • scheduled student performance events
  • scheduled meetings and/or parent-teacher conferences
  • meetings of parent-teacher organization(s)
  • other exempted activities identified by the superintendent (or designee)

Background checks will be required for serving as a volunteer, chaperone, or other sponsor for K-12 school activities occurring after regular school hours or away from buildings or facilities and when participating in K-12 school activities held during regular school hours that are not included on the Not Required list.
 
Schools will use a visitor management system to determine registry status with the National Sex Offender Public Website and similar state-level registry databases and to facilitate the effective and efficient management of visitors during school hours.
 
Click here to view FAQs related to the policies.