Visiting Our Schools
Planning to visit any of District 401's schools? Please be aware of the rules and guidelines listed below. They have been implemented to ensure the safety and security of all students and employees within our buildings.
A visitor who fails to conduct himself or herself in a manner that is appropriate will be asked to leave and may be subject to criminal penalties for trespass and/or disruptive behavior.
Procedures for Visiting District 401 Schools
Visitors to any District 401 school must follow the procedures listed below. They are designed to ensure the safety and security of our students and employees.
► All visitors to school property are required to report to the building security entrance and receive permission to remain on school property.
► All visitors must sign a visitor's log, show identification and wear a visitor's badge.
► When leaving the school, visitors must return their badge.
► On those occasions when large groups of parents and friends are invited onto school property, visitors are not required to sign in but must follow school officials’ instructions.
► Persons on school property without permission will be directed to leave and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Except as provided in the final paragraph of this subsection, any person wishing to confer with a staff member should contact that staff member by telephone or email to make an appointment.
Conferences with teachers are held, to the extent possible, outside school hours or during the teacher’s conference/preparation period.
Requests to access a school building, facility and/or educational program, or to interview personnel or a student for purposes of assessing the student’s special education needs, should be made at the appropriate building. Access shall be facilitated according to guidelines from the Superintendent or designee.
District 401's Policy on Visitor Conduct
As stated in Section 8:30 of the Board of Education's Policy Manual, District 401 expects mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct among all people on school property or at a school event.
No person on school property or at a school event (including visitors, students and employees) shall perform any of the following acts:
► Strike, injure, threaten, harass or intimidate a staff member, Board member, sports official, coach or any other person.
► Behave in an unsportsmanlike manner or use vulgar or obscene language.
► Unless specifically permitted by State law, possess a weapon, any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or looks like a weapon, or any dangerous device.
► Damage or threaten to damage another's property.
► Damage or deface school property.
► Violate any Illinois law or town or county ordinance.
► Smoke or otherwise use tobacco products.
► Distribute, consume, use, possess or be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or illegal drug; be present when the person's alcohol or illegal drug consumption is detectible, regardless of when and/ or where the use occurred.
► Use or possess medical cannabis.
► Impede, delay, disrupt or otherwise interfere with any school activity or function (including using cellular phones in a disruptive manner).
► Enter upon any portion of school premises at any time for purposes other than those that are lawful and authorized by the Board.
► Operate a motor vehicle: (a) in a risky manner, (b) in excess of 20 miles per hour, or (c) in violation of an authorized District employee's directive.
► Engage in any risky behavior, including roller-blading, roller-skating or skateboarding.
► Violate other District policies or regulations, or a directive from an authorized security officer or District employee.
► Engage in any conduct that interferes with, disrupts, or adversely affects the District or a School function.
The complete text of District 401's policy concerning visitors to and conduct on school property can be found in Section 8:30 of the District Policy Manual.