Convicted Sex Offenders on District Property

Purpose—

            The Board of Education is authorized by law (Utah Code 53A-3-402) to make and enforce rules for the control and management of the district schools.  Although district property is publicly owned, district schools are not simply open to the public.  The Board of Education finds that conviction of a sexual offense against a child is incompatible with unfettered access to school property and school children, regardless of whether sentences have been served or probations have ended. The purpose of this policy is to regulate the access of persons convicted of sexual offences and on the sex offender registry to schools and school property.

Policy—

Individuals who have been convicted of a sexual offense against a child shall not be allowed to volunteer in schools or for school activities, whether the contemplated volunteer service would be supervised or unsupervised.

When a principal identifies a parent or legal guardian of a student in the school, or an individual whom the parent or legal guardian of a student has authorized to have access to the student at school, as a registered sex offender, the principal shall send the individual a copy of this policy, Utah Code 77-27-21.7 (Sex Offender Restrictions) and the district letter outlining the procedure for access to district property which will include the following:

I have verified that you are on the state sex offender registry.  I have enclosed a copy of the Wayne School District policy regarding convicted sex offenders on District property. Although we encourage your active participation in your child’s education, you will need to gain school administrative authorization prior to coming to the school campus. Authorization will be based upon stipulations set forth in Utah Code 77-27-21.7. Contact the principal via phone or email for authorization. Once in the school, you are required to check in with an administrator or authorized designee and to be with or within eyesight of a school administrator or authorized designee at all times. 

Failure to comply with the direction of this letter and Utah Code 77-27-21.7 may result in a class A misdemeanor.

Principals shall make reasonable efforts to allow convicted sex offenders to participate meaningfully in the education of their children and carryout necessary parental responsibilities in accordance with Utah Code 77-27-21.7. 

As per state law, sex offender registry information is not to be publicized or used to harass or threaten sex offenders or members of their family.

District Letter

 

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Dear Sir/Ma’am

It is my understanding that you have a child/children enrolled in SCHOOL NAME. I have verified that you are on the state sex offender registry.  I have enclosed a copy of the Wayne School District policy regarding convicted sex offenders on District property. 

Although we encourage your active participation in your child’s education, you will need to gain school administrative authorization prior to coming to the school campus. Call SCHOOL PHONE NUMBER to obtain administrative authorization. Once in the school, you are required to check in with an administrator or authorized designee and to be with or within eyesight of a school administrator or authorized designee at all times. 

Failure to comply with the direction of this letter and Utah Code 77-27-21.7 may result in a class A misdemeanor.

Respectfully

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