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Who is permitted to enter a public school in PA and what is the protocol they must...

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ebbie479 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 22, 2008 at 12:54 AM via web

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Who is permitted to enter a public school in PA and what is the protocol they must follow while there?

I teach in a public school in Philadelphia and we are trying to find out if there are any state laws that regulate who is allowed to enter the building. It is school policy that visitors sign in and we are all ok with that, but have a problem with visitors just entering the building and going where ever they please with out signing in. We welcome parents at any time for any length of time, but do not want parents who's rights to their children have been taken away or who, by court order, aren't permitted to see their child. Any ideas?

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urthona | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted November 23, 2008 at 10:03 PM (Answer #1)

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A quick search yielded no law covering entry into schools.  Your state’s Office of Safe Schools Advocate, see first link below, may be able to provide information and advice.

For what it’s worth, the School District of Philadelphia’s Code of Student Conduct provides a (nonexclusive?) list of parents’ rights (page 5), which does not include entry into school buildings.

I’ve also provided a link to Pennsylvania Code Title 22, which covers education.

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