4:175 - Convicted Child Sex Offender Screening Notifications

Policy 4:175

Operational Services

Convicted Child Sex Offender; Screening; Notifications

Persons Prohibited on School Property without Prior Permission

State law prohibits a child sex offender from being present on school property or loitering within 500 feet of school property when persons under the age of 18 are present, unless the offender meets either of the following two exceptions:

  1. The offender is a parent/guardian of a student attending the school and has notified the Building Principal of their presence at the school for the purpose of: (i) attending a conference with school personnel to discuss the progress of their child academically or socially, (ii) participating in child review conferences in which evaluation and placement decisions may be made with respect to their child regarding special education services, or (iii) attending conferences to discuss other student issues concerning their child such as retention and promotion; or
  2. The offender received permission to be present from the School Board, Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee. If permission is granted, the Superintendent or Board President shall provide the details of the offender’s upcoming visit to the Building Principal.

In all cases, the Superintendent, or designee, shall supervise a child sex offender whenever the offender is in a child’s vicinity. If a student is a sex offender, the Superintendent or designee shall develop guidelines for managing their presence in school. When participants agree, meetings that include a convicted sex offender should be conducted remotely.

Screening

The Superintendent or designee shall perform fingerprint-based criminal history records information checks and/or screenings required by state law or Board policy for employees; student teachers; students doing field or clinical experience other than student teaching; contractors’ employees who have direct, daily contact with one or more children; and resource persons and volunteers. The Board President shall ensure that these checks are completed for the Superintendent. The Superintendent or designee shall take appropriate action based on the result of any criminal background check and/or screen.

Notification to Parents/Guardians

The Superintendent shall develop procedures for the distribution and use of information from law enforcement officials under the Sex Offender Community Notification Law and the Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Community Law. The Superintendent or designee shall serve as the District contact person for purposes of these laws. The Superintendent and Building Principal shall manage a process for schools to notify the parents/guardians during school registration that information about sex offenders is available to the public as provided in the Sex Offender Community Notification Law. This notification must occur during school registration and at other times as the Superintendent or Building Principal determines advisable.

Adopted: September 8, 1997
Revised: November 28, 2011; June 17, 2019; February 28, 2022

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