Policy KI: Public Access to Students

Students attending the public schools have a right to pursue theireducation, including school-related activities, free of interruption bypeople not associated with the schools or school programs. This rightextends to the school grounds as well as to the school buildings.Consequently, students should not be subjected to situations in whichthey are required to interact with members of the public without theirprior consent or that of their parents, as appropriate.

The schools receive many visitors - parents, researchers,investigators, recruiters, news reporters and others - who contributemuch to the achievement of our educational goals. School officials havethe responsibility to manage access to the schools and school groundsby visitors in a manner that is consistent with the primary purpose ofthe schools, which is education.

All visitors who wish to meet, speak with, interview or photographstudents must first request permission from the Principal’s Office.Such request should state clearly the purpose of the visit. ThePrincipal will determine the appropriateness of the request and thetime, location and conditions for such meetings.

(See also Policy KB Parent Involvement in the Schools and KF Use of Public School Facilities after Regular School Hours.)

LEGAL REF:

MGL  71:71 Use of School Property; Purposes
MGL 272:40 Disturbance of School or Public Meeting

CROSS REF:

Policy KB

Region Voted to Approve: 10/8/91
Amherst Voted to Approve: 11/19/91
Pelham Voted to Approve:
Effective Date: 10/8/91