Legal Tip of the Week
Visitor Requests for Use of School Facilities for Provision of Private Services
[WithInSight] Leadership Newsletter, September 30, 2019
Our schools have been receiving an increasing number of requests from parents and guardians for their students to receive private therapeutic or counseling services on a school campus during the school day. Administrative regulation KK-R states, "Except in unique circumstances or an isolated instance, schools will not make facilities available for private-service providers, such as psychologists and therapists, to provide services to students at school. Parents may remove their children from school to receive private services off campus. However, parents are encouraged to schedule private services at a time that does not conflict with the student's school day." The determination as to whether unique circumstances exist should be made collaboratively between the school principal and the appropriate area superintendent.
Bullying Reporting Procedures
[WithInSight] Leadership Newsletter, September 23, 2019
According to Governing Board Policy JFD and its regulation, the District prohibits harassment and bullying of any student on school grounds, in a school vehicle, at a school bus stop, at a school-sponsored activity, or while the student is traveling to or from school, and the District will investigate all reports of harassment and bullying, and take disciplinary or other appropriate action against any student or District employee or third party (i.e. an independent contractor, volunteer, student teacher, or visitor who is on school property or at a school-sponsored activity) who is found to have violated this policy. Regulation JFD-R, requires a school employee who witnesses, overhears, or receives a report, formal or informal, written or oral, of harassment or bullying of a student at school or a school bus stop, in a school vehicle or while traveling to or from school, or during school-sponsored activities to immediately report it to the principal or the employee's supervisor. An employee's report will be documented in writing. An employee who fails to report harassment or bullying of a student is subject to disciplinary action pursuant to Governing Board Policy GCPD or GDPD. Alternatively, a student, parent, or employee may report harassment or bullying to any administrator or supervisor to whom the student or employee feels comfortable making the report. A report of harassment or bullying may always be made to the Superintendent or, if necessary, the Governing Board President.