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.
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.
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:
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 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:
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.
This policy will be communicated to our school community in the following ways :
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Policy Review and approval
Policy last reviewed
|Noted by School Council June 2022|
Next scheduled review date