Visitor guidelines are necessary to help ensure the health and safety of students and staff and to avoid interruptions and disruptions of the educational program.
WHO ARE VISITORS?
*Parents (or guardians) of students enrolled at Dana School;
*Public employees whose job requires that they be on the school grounds.
*Elected public officials;
*Reporters, or other persons connected with, or employed by, a newspaper, magazine or other publication, radio or television station;
*Representatives of a school employee organization engaged in activities related to the representation of school employees; and
*Anyone else, except site/District staff, students of the school, delivery persons or other contracted workers who are on the school grounds at the school's request.
To help insure school safety and security, the principal (or his/her designee) may design a visible means of identifying visitors while they are on the school grounds. This identification may be required for all visitors, including parents (or guardians).
Signs are posted at all school entrances that show regular school hours and inform visitors that they must report to the school office.
Upon reporting to the school office, visitors may be required to furnish the principal (or his/her designee) with the following information:
A. Name, address and occupation;
B. Age, if less than 21 years old;
C. Purpose for entering the school grounds;
D. Proof of identity; and
E. Other information considered pertinent.
GUIDELINES FOR PARENT (OR GUARDIAN) VISITS:
1. To ensure minimum interruption or disruption of the instructional program, visits to any classroom during school hours must be arranged in advance with the teacher. If a teacher/parent conference is desired, an appointment will be made with the teacher during non-instructional time.
2. Parents or guardians who need to leave lunches, clothing or other articles for their children, or need to contact students or staff however briefly, must first report to the school office to make their request. Usually, items will be delivered to the student by school staff to avoid interruption of the instructional program.
3. Parents (custodial or non-custodial) or guardians may not use the school setting to resolve visitation or other custodial rights. Such issues should be addressed off campus through civil authorities.
4. It is a misdemeanor (E.C. 51512) to use electronic listening or recording devices in a classroom without the teacher's and principal's permission.
5. Cell phones may not be used in the classroom. If a student brings a cell phone to school it must be turned off from the time they arrive at school until the end of the school day.
The principal (or his/her designee) may refuse to allow a visitor the privilege of visiting the school if the principal believes the individual's presence or acts have the potential to interrupt the school, its students, teachers and other staff members; jeopardize the health and safety of students and staff; or, cause property damage.
A strong parent/community volunteer program is in effect at Dana Elementary School. Opportunities are available for helping with small groups of children in the classroom; serving on Boosters, PTA or School Site Council; assisting with classroom activities or supervising on field trips. Parent volunteers can also work on projects at home for teachers. We welcome new volunteers and feel thankful for the time and support given by the local parent/community group at Dana.
If you are interested in joining us in our efforts, please call your classroom teacher or let the school office know of your interest.
This year, the Gen Span Foundation will oversee our "in class" parent volunteer program. Parents who wish to volunteer in classrooms on a regular basis must be approved through Gen Span. In order to be approved through Gen Span, parents must commit to volunteering regularly (at least one hour a week), for a minimum of three months. The Gen Span Foundation, affiliated with the Sheperd Eye Center, will then pick up the cost for tuberculosis testing and a "livescan" fingerprinting.
If you are unable to meet the Gen Span criteria, you will need to have a "livescan" fingerprint through SLOCOE. Livescans are done by appointment only - call 805.782.7236 for an appointment. The cost is $58. Applicants must bring a valid photo ID (driver's license or state ID, military ID, passport, etc.).
You will also need to submit a current TB test to the school office. TB tests are valid for 4 years.