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To provide a safe and secure learning and teaching environment for students and staff by establishing processes to monitor and manage visitors to Beaufort Secondary College.
This policy outlines our school’s arrangements for visitors who attend school grounds when the school is open for instruction between the hours of 8:30am to 4:00pm on weekdays during the school term, and when the office is staffed to monitor/receive visitors at reception], including parents, contractors, volunteers and any other visitors to the school. Outside of these times, our front office is not staffed and this policy does not apply.
Child-related work: As defined by the Worker Screening Act 2020 (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 direct contact with children that is incidental to the work.
Beaufort Secondary College strives to create an open and inclusive school community, and encourages 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.
Beaufort Secondary College 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 [and Wellbeing] Policy, Child Safety Code of Conduct, Volunteers Policy.
From time to time, different members of the public may visit our school. Visitors may include, but are not limited to:
Sign in procedure
All visitors to Example School are required to report to the school office on arrival (see exceptions below in relation to parents/carers). Visitors must:
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 Check (WWCC)and other suitability check requirements relating to parents/ carers and other volunteers working with students 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 Example 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, Example 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 Check, but may be asked to verify that they are sworn officers by providing proof of identification.
Invited speakers and presenters
On occasion, Beaufort Secondary College may invite external speakers or providers to deliver incursions, presentations, workshops and special programs for our students. Consistent with Department of Education and Training requirements, Beaufort Secondary College will:
ensure that the content of presentations and programs by external providers contributes to the educational development of our students and is consistent with curriculum objectives
ensure that any proposed visit, programs or content delivered by visitors complies with the requirement that education in Victorian government schools is secular and is consistent with the values of public education, Department policies and the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic). In particular, programs delivered by visitors are to be delivered in a manner that supports and promotes the principles and practice of Australian democracy including a commitment to:
We understand that there may occasionally be a reason why a parent or carer may want to speak to or see their child at school, during school hours.
If there is a particular pressing or unavoidable issue that cannot wait until the end of the school day, we ask that parents or carers call the school office to make the request to speak to or see their child during school hours.
We also ask that parents avoid arranging to visit their children at school wherever possible, as this can cause inappropriate disruptions to the school day.
All parents or carers who visit our school during school hours, other than for the purposes of school pick ups and drop offs or for specific school events (eg parent teacher interviews, concerts, assemblies etc), are required to sign in as a visitor at the school office.
Parents or carers who are prohibited from entering the school under a court order or direction of the Principal are not permitted to visit the school. Our school maintains and provides office staff with a list of restricted parents/carers which may include identifying photographs and any other information as required depending on the level of risk posed.
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:
Related policies and resources
Beaufort Secondary College policies:
Statement of Values and School Philosophy, Volunteers Policy, Child Safety and Wellbeing policy, Child Safety Code of Conduct]
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