Visitors Policy

Rationale

To establish protocols and procedures that effectively monitor and manage visitors to Keysborough Primary School without compromising the open and inclusive nature of the school.

Aims

Keysborough Primary School seeks to provide an open and friendly learning environment, which values and actively encourages visitors to the school. At the same time we recognise our duty of care to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff.

We also recognise our obligation to ensure that any program or content delivered by visitors is consistent with the values of public education and the requirement that education in Victorian government schools is secular (apart from the provision of Special Religious Instruction, delivered in accordance with legislative and Department requirements). Programs delivered by visitors must be delivered in a manner that supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy and rights and freedoms as outlined in s 1.2.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic)

Implementation

Visitors to the school are defined as all people entering school grounds during school hours 8.45am to

3.45pm Monday to Friday other than staff members, students and parents/guardians acting in their capacity as Parents/guardians delivering or collecting children at the start or the end of the school day. Visitors can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Prospective parents and prospective employees.
  • Those who are addressing a learning or developmental need.
  • Those who are conducting business, including tradespeople, instructors and deliveries
  • DHS, Police, Worksafe, Environmental Health Officers and other officials.

Visitors who are attending the school to deliver incursions, presentations, seminars or other activities and programs to students need to seek the prior approval of the school principal (or their nominee) prior to attending the school. Where appropriate, the school will first obtain parental consent for students to participate in specific programs delivered by visitors.

Any visitor to the school engaging in 'child-related work' as part of their role or duties, whether an employee, volunteer, visitor or contractor must have a WWC Check regardless of whether they are being supervised by a teacher or another adult with a WWC Check

All visitors:

  • Are required to report to the administration office, prior to undertaking any activity within the school, are required to sign in on the tablet.
  • Will be provided with a "Visitor" badge which they must wear at all times within the school.
  • Must return their badge and sign out on the tablet.
  • Are required to sign and comply with the KPS Code of Conduct document on first visit.
  • Who fail to follow directions will be directed to the Administration Office.

The school's emergency management procedures will ensure that visitors within the School at the time of any emergency or practice drill will be recognised and be appropriately catered for.

 

 

 

 

References:

  • Emergency Management Policy
  • Student Engagement and Inclusion Policy
  • Working with Children Policy

School Policy and Advisory Guide

Related Legislation:

  • Workinq with Children Act 2005
  • Education and Traininq Reform Act 2006

 

This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s review cycle by October 2022.