P3516.4

Business/Non-Instructional Operations

Safety

Sex Offender Notification

The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility for the health and safety of the students enrolled within the district and for those youngsters receiving services or participating in programs or events of school district property. Therefore, the Board is desirous of taking appropriate precautionary measures in situations where the District has been advised by law enforcement officials that a convicted sex offender resides within the District.

Where school officials are advised that an individual convicted of a sexual offense resides within the school district, the District shall give notice in accordance herewith in order to minimize the possibility that the released and registered sex offender will come into contact with students within the district. In addition, the Board believes that cooperation with local law enforcement officials will best promote and protect the safety and well-being of its students.

Whenever information is received from local law enforcement officials pursuant to PA 98-111 (CGS 52-102r) that a registered convicted sex offender is residing within the school district, such information may be disseminated after consideration of various factors to the following entities:

(a)  Building Principals;

(b)  Appropriate administrative and teaching staff;

(c)  Security personnel and those monitoring persons visiting on school district property;

(d)  Custodians;

(e)  Athletic coaches;

(f)  Supervisors of school related organizations or programs which regularly meet or are conducted on school district property;

(g)  Bus drivers;

(h)  PTA Presidents (limited information).

The Superintendent may also disseminate such information to such additional individuals or groups of individuals who, in the opinion of the Superintendent have a legitimate need to be notified of such information in order to protect the health, safety or welfare of school district students.

Legal Reference:  Connecticut General Statutes

Public Act No. 98-111 An Act Concerning the Registration of Sexual Offenders.

United States Code, Title 42 14071 Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Program Act.

Policy adopted:  September 6, 2016

Reviewed and approved:  May 2, 2017

PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Portland, Connecticut