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Los Angeles COE |  BP  1250  Community Relations

Visitors/Outsiders   

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The County Board believes that it is important for parents/guardians and community members to take an active interest in the issues affecting LACOE schools and students. Therefore, the County Board encourages interested parents/guardians and community members to visit and support the schools in the Educational Programs.

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

To ensure the safety of students and staff and minimize interruption of the instructional program, the County Superintendent or designee will establish procedures that facilitate visits during regular school days. Visits during school hours should be arranged with the principal or designee. When a visit involves a conference with a teacher or the principal, an appointment should be scheduled during noninstructional time. When LACOE sites are co-located with school district facilities or school district property, district policy on visitors/outsiders shall be followed.

(cf. 6116 - Classroom Interruptions)

No outsider, including immigration-enforcement officers, shall enter or remain on LACOE school grounds during school hours without having registered with the principal or designee. If there are no exigent circumstances necessitating immediate action, and if the immigration officer does not possess a judicial warrant or court order that provides a basis for the visit, the officer must provide the following information to the principal or designee:

* Name, address, occupation;

* Age, if less than 21;

* Purpose in entering school grounds;

* Proof of identity; and

* Any other information as required by law. (Education Code 627.3)

LACOE shall adopt measures for responding to outsiders that avoid classroom interruptions, and preserve the peaceful conduct of the school's activities, consistent with local circumstances and practices. (Education Code 627.4; Education Code 32210)

LACOE shall post signs at the entrance of its school grounds to notify outsiders of the hours and requirements for entering school grounds. (Education Code 627.6)

LACOE personnel shall report entry by immigration-enforcement officers to any on-site school police or other appropriate administrator as would be required for any unexpected or unscheduled outside visiting coming on campus.

(cf. 4050 - "Safe Locations" Policy)

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

No electronic listening or recording device may be used by any person in a classroom without the teacher and principal's permission. (Education Code 51512)

The County Board encourages all individuals to assist in maintaining a safe and secure school environment. In accordance with Penal Code 626.7, the principal or designee may request that any individual who is causing a disruption, including exhibiting volatile, hostile, aggressive, or offensive behavior, immediately leave the site or school grounds or offices.

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Materials)

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 1312.4 - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 3515.2 - Disruptions)

All outsiders, as defined in law and administrative regulation, shall register immediately upon entering any school building or grounds when school is in session. (Penal Code 627.2)

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

The principal or designee shall provide a visible means of identification for all individuals who are not students or staff members while on school premises.

Presence of Sex Offender on Campus

Any parent/guardian of a LACOE student who is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code 290, shall request written permission from the principal before entering the school campus or grounds. As necessary, the principal shall consult with local law enforcement authorities before allowing the presence of any such person at school or other school activity. The principal also shall report to the County Superintendent or designee anytime he/she gives such written permission. The principal shall indicate on the written permission the date(s) and times for which permission has been granted. (Penal Code 626.81)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32210 Willful disturbance of public school or meeting

32211 Threatened disruption or interference with classes; misdemeanor

32212 Classroom interruptions

35160 Authority of governing boards

35292 Visits to schools (board members)

51512 Prohibited use of electronic listening or recording device

EVIDENCE CODE

1070 Refusal to disclose news source

LABOR CODE

230.8 Discharge or discrimination for taking time off to participate in child's educational activities

PENAL CODE

626-626.10 Schools

627-627.10 Access to school premises, especially:

627.1 Definitions

627.2 Necessity of registration by outsider

627.7 Misdemeanors; punishment

COURT DECISIONS

Reeves v. Rocklin Unified School District, (2003) 109 Cal.App.4th 652

ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS

95 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 509 (1996)

Policy LOS ANGELES COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: June 19, 2018 Downey, California