School Policies

PURPOSE

  • We seek to provide an open and friendly learning environment, which values and actively encourages visitors to our school.  At the same time, we recognise our duty of care to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff, and we recognise our responsibility to protect and preserve our resources against theft, vandalism and misuse.

     

    • The school recognises that family involvement in the school and the community is important to young people’s development and learning.
    • Community groups and agencies, business and philanthropic organisations have a strong interest in improving outcomes for young people and helping them achieve academic excellence
    • Interaction between schools and their communities inevitably leads to the presence of a range of visitors in schools
    • Other visitors including employees of relevant service agencies, guest speakers, school photographers, trades people and commercial salespeople may also be present in the school.


SCOPE:

This policy applies to all non-staff and students who enter the school

POLICY:

Frankston SDS strives to create an open and inclusive school community and encourages families and those who support our students to be actively involved in their child’s development and education. We also strive to foster strong partnerships with local community services, schools and other organisations.

Frankston SDS is not a public place. The principal has the authority to permit or deny entry to school grounds and encourages all visitors to familiarise themselves with our school’s Statement of Values and School Philosophy, Child Safety [and Wellbeing] Policy, Child Safety Code of Conduct, External Therapists and volunteer policy.

From time to time, different members of the public may visit our school. Visitors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Parents
  • Casual relief teaching and educational support staff
  • Volunteers – see our school’s Volunteers Policy for more information
  • Prospective parents, students and employees
  • Entertainers and other educational providers such as local police and fire agency
  • Public officials (e.g. Members of Parliament, local councillors)
  • Persons conducting business e.g.: uniform suppliers, booksellers, official school photographers, commercial salespeople
  • Tradespeople
  • Children’s services agencies
  • Victoria Police
  • Persons authorised to enter school premises (e.g. Worksafe inspectors, health officers etc)
  • Other Department of Education and Training staff (including allied health staff) or contractors
  • NDIS therapists or other allied health or health practitioners
  • Visitors generally permitted in the school are those who clearly serve an educational purpose
  • The school will at times facilitate contact with students by a potential range of organisations. These are negotiated on a case by case basis. Consideration will be given to:
  • the activity and whether the activity is suitable for our students
  • whether student involvement will lead to experiences that enrich learning and social and emotional development
  • whether the program interferes with the student’s school-based learning
  • whether the individual or organisation has an appropriate record in terms of duty of care and relevant police safety checks
  • Consideration will also be given as to whether a particular function provided by a visitor should be carried out privately by parents/carers and students out of school hours without the involvement of the school
  • Educational entertainers such as acting troupes will be well briefed about the nature of the school community, its policies and procedures and should be prepared to respect the range of views held by students and their families
  • Volunteer workers must have acquired the appropriate working with children clearance (see Volunteers Policy)
  • Contact with students by approved organisations may be approved at negotiated, convenient times during school hours.
  • All visitors will be required to report to the administration office prior to undertaking any activity within the school, where they will be required to sign in via Edupass
  • All visitors will be assigned a numbered visitors lanyard which they must wear at all times within the school
  • All visitors will be made aware of our Child Safe Code of Conduct, OHS and emergency procedures
  • Visitors will be required to report to the administration office at the end of their visit to return their badge and to sign out
  • The above mentioned process for managing and monitoring visitors will be regularly published in the school newsletter, and will appear at all school entrances
  • The principal reserves the right, and has the authority to prohibit any potential visitor from entering or remaining within the school should they be identified as a potential risk to members of the school population

 

Links  Policy: Child Safe, Volunteers, Duty of Care, External Therapists
Author Assistant Principal
Reviewed June 22
School Council Approval n/a
Next review date June 24
References DET Policy and Advisory Guide: Visitors

 

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