Campus Visitor Guidelines
We are proud of our schools and welcome visitors. In order to protect the security of our students and staff and the learning environment at our schools, visitors must adhere to the following guidelines:
- All visitors to campuses must report to the school office, present government-issued photo ID, sign in, state reason for being on campus and obtain approval from the principal or designee.
- All visitors to school campuses shall wear a visitor name badge provided by the school office.
- Visitors who wish to disseminate information to students or staff must comply with District board policies. Visitors may not recruit for fund-raising activities, religious groups, youth groups or political causes when visiting school campuses in accordance with this policy. Please contact the PISD Communications Department for more information.
- Clergy and other representatives of religious organizations (ministers, rabbis, imams, priests and the like) or youth group representatives may visit with their congregants and have lunch with them, but shall not use the visit to proselytize to others.
- Media representatives shall arrange visits to school campuses with the District's Communications Department at the central Administration Building.
- Visitors are must wear appropriate attire when visiting District schools.
- A request for a parent and/or others to visit a classroom must be approved by the teacher and the principal. Approval shall be subject to the classroom activities scheduled for the day of the requested visit and must be conducted in accordance with District policies.
- Due to privacy issues, videotaping in the classroom by parents is not permitted. Exceptions shall be granted only by the superintendent or designee.
- Visitors who fail to comply with any of these guidelines and/or District policies may be prohibited from visiting the school and other District Facilities.
Unauthorized Persons: Refusal of Entry, Ejection, Identification
Section 37.105 of the Texas Education Code provides that a school administrator, school resource officer, or school district peace officer of a school district may refuse to allow a person to enter on or may eject a person from property under the district's control if the person refuses to leave peaceably on request and:
- the person poses a substantial risk of harm to any person; or
- the person behaves in a manner that is inappropriate for a school setting and
- the administrator, resource officer, or peace officer issues a verbal warning to the person that the person's behavior is inappropriate and may result in the person's refusal of entry or ejection; and
- the person persists in that behavior.
(b) Identification may be required of any person on the property.
(c) Each school district shall maintain a record of each verbal warning issued under Subsection (a)(2)(A), including the name of the person to whom the warning was issued and the date of issuance.
(d) At the time a person is refused entry to or ejected from a school district's property under this section, the district shall provide to the person written information explaining the appeal process established under Subsection (h).
(e) If a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in a school district is refused entry to the district's property under this section, the district shall accommodate the parent or guardian to ensure that the parent or guardian may participate in the child's admission, review, and dismissal committee or in the child's team established under Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. Section 794), in accordance with federal law.
(f) The term of a person's refusal of entry to or ejection from a school district's property under this section may not exceed two years.
(g) A school district shall post on the district's Internet website and each district campus shall post on any Internet website of the campus a notice regarding the provisions of this section, including the appeal process established under Subsection (h).
(h) The commissioner shall adopt rules to implement this section, including rules establishing a process for a person to appeal to the board of trustees of the school district the decision under Subsection (a) to refuse the person's entry to or eject the person from the district's property.
Appeals Process for Persons Ejected or Refused Entry to PISD Property
Note: This appeals process establishes the process for a parent or other person to appeal the decision of a District official (or other authorized agent) to eject and/or to refuse future entry of the person onto property under the District's control. This appeals process is set forth to comply with Texas Administrative Code § 103.1207. The decision to refuse future entry of a person remains in effect during the pendency of any appeal unless rescinded in writing by an authorized district official or the appeal is granted.
Follows Framework of District Policy FNG (Local)
The general provisions, timelines, definitions and procedures set forth in District Policy FNG (Local) shall apply to this appeals process, unless a different provision, timeline, definition or procedure is specified in this appeals process.
Deadline for Initial Submission of Appeal
An appeal must be submitted in writing within fifteen (15) days of the date the person was ejected from a property under the control of the District or was provided verbal or written notice that the person’s future entry onto property under the control of PISD would be refused.
Three Levels of Appeal
This appeals process has three (3) levels, whereas District Policy FNG (Local) has four (4) levels.
- The first level of appeal will be to the principal of: 1) the campus where the ejection or refusal of entry occurred; 2) the campus associated with the event where the ejection or refusal of entry occurred; or 3) the campus attended by a student who is associated with the person ejected or refused entry.
- This first level of appeal shall follow the procedures for the Level One appeal described in FNG (Local).
- Appeals to Level Two shall be directed to the Executive Director of Safety and Security Services. The second level of appeal will be before a three (3) member committee (“Committee”) comprised of: a) the Executive Director of Safety and Security Services; b) the Executive Director for Campus Services of the affected campus; and c) the Executive Director for Student and Family Services. Where the ejection or refusal of entry involves an athletic event, the District Athletic Director shall serve on the Committee in lieu of the Executive Director for Student and Family Services.
- This second level of appeal shall follow the procedures for the Level Two appeal described in FNG (Local), except that the Committee described above shall carry out the functions of the “Level Two Administrator” described in FNG (Local).
- The third level of appeal shall be to the Board of Trustees. The person appealing must be permitted to address the Board of Trustees in person within ninety (90) days of the commencement of the appeal, unless the appeal is granted before the Board of Trustees considers the appeal.
- This third level of appeal shall follow the procedures for the Level Four appeal described in FNG (Local).