Visitors in School Policy (2022)


Scope

 

This policy outlines our school’s arrangements for visitors who attend school grounds when the school is open for instruction between the hours of 8.45 am and 3.45 pm, and when the office is staffed to monitor/receive visitors at reception between the hours of 8.30 am and 4.30pm. Outside of these times, our front office is not staffed and this policy does not apply.

 

Definitions

Child-related work: As defined by the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic), child-related work is work that usually involves direct contact (including in person, over the phone, written and online communication) with a child that is a central part of that person’s duties. It does not include work that involves occasional contact with children that is incidental to the work.

 

Policy

 

Laburnum Primary School strives to create an open and inclusive school community, encouraging parents and carers 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.

 

Laburnum Primary School 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 Policy, Child Safety Code of Conduct and Volunteers Policy.

 

Laburnum Primary School promotes the wellbeing of students, staff and visitors, and has a responsibility to maintain confidentiality and other requirements under Victorian privacy law. Accordingly, the principal has ultimate discretion to approve or not approve a potential visitor and there is no obligation to provide reasons for such decisions.

 

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

  • Parents and guardians who visit the school during the day
  • Prospective parents and prospective employees
  • Parent and community volunteers
  • Invited speakers, sessional instructors and others addressing learning and development
  • Representatives of community, business and service groups
  • Public officials (e.g. Members of Parliament, local councillors)
  • Those who are conducting business such as:
    • uniform suppliers
    • booksellers
    • official school photographers
    • commercial salespeople
  • Tradespeople
  • Children’s services agencies
  • Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Workers
  • Victoria Police
  • Persons who are authorised to enter a school premises for a specific purpose (e.g. Worksafe or Environmental Health officers).
  • Other Department of Education and Training staff (including allied health staff) or contractors

Sign in procedure

 

All visitors to Laburnum Primary School are required to report to the school office on arrival. Visitors must:

Laburnum Primary School will ensure that our school’s Child Safety Code of Conduct is available to visitors when they sign in.

 

COVID-19 vaccination information

 

Our school follows Department of Education and Training policy with respect to the requirements relating to attendance on school sites and COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

For further information, refer to:

Working with Children Clearance and other suitability checks

 

For Working with Children Clearance (WWCC) and other suitability requirements relating to parents/carers and other volunteers, please see our Volunteers Policy.

 

All visitors who are engaged in child-related work (see definition above) must have a valid WWC Clearance. Additional suitability checks may also be required such as reference, proof of identity, qualification and work history involving children checks.

 

In some circumstances, visitors to Laburnum Primary School who are not engaged in child-related work will also be required to produce a valid WWC Clearance, depending on the particular circumstances of their visit. For example, Laburnum Primary School will require a valid WWC Clearance for:

  • visitors who will be working regularly with children during the time they are visiting, even though direct contact with children is not a central part of their normal duties
  • visitors (e.g. contractors), who will regularly be performing unsupervised work at the school during school hours or any other time where children are present. Further background checks, including references, may also be requested at the discretion of the principal.

Visitors who will be working in areas away from students (e.g. a visiting auditor who will be located in the front office with administration staff) or who will be supervised and accompanied by a staff member during their visit (e.g. a Member of Parliament, a journalist, a prospective parent on a school tour) will not be required to have a WWC Clearance.

 

Sworn Victoria Police officers or sworn Australian Federal Police officers are exempt from requiring a WWC Clearance, but may be asked to verify that they are sworn officers by providing proof of identification.

 

Invited speakers and presenters

 

On occasion, Laburnum Primary School may invite external speakers or external providers to deliver incursions, presentations, workshops and special programs for our students. Consistent with Department of Education and Training requirements, Laburnum Primary School will:

  • ensure that the content of presentations and programs by external providers contributes to the educational development of our students and is consistent with curriculum objectives
  • ensure that any proposed visit, programs or content delivered by visitors complies with the requirement that education in Victorian government schools is secular and is consistent with the values of public education, Department policies and the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic). In particular, programs delivered by visitors are to be delivered in a manner that supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy including a commitment to:

    • elected government
    • the rule of law
    • equal rights for all before the law
    • freedom of religion, speech and association
    • the values of openness and tolerance
    • respect for the range of views held by students and their families.

 

Other visitors

 

All business operators, tradespeople and other visitors attending the school to conduct work must report to the school office upon arrival for instruction and follow the sign in procedure outlined above.

 

Communication:

 

This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways :

  • Included in staff induction processes
  • Available publicly on our school’s website
  • Included in our staff handbook/manual
  • Discussed at staff briefings/meetings as required
  • Made available in hard copy from school administration upon request

RELATED POLICIES AND RESOURCES

 

LPS Policies:

 

Department policies:

Policy Review and approval 

 

 

  Policy last reviewed

 

  June 2022

 

  Consultation

 

  Noted by School Council June 2022

 

  Approved by

 

  Principal

 

  Next scheduled review date

 

  2024

 



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