The Kenosha Unified School District (“the District”) recognizes its responsibility for the health and safety of all students. Therefore, the Board is mindful of taking appropriate precautionary measures in situations where the District has been notified that a registered sex offender (“Registrant”) wishes to visit a school building or other school premises.
With limited exceptions, a Registrant may not be on any school premises unless the Registrant has followed the procedures below and has obtained prior approval from the Superintendent or their designee. “School premises” includes any school building, grounds, recreation area, athletic field, or any other property owned, used, or operated by the District.
All Contractors who provide services to the District must certify to the District that they have reviewed all of their employees who will be on district property for any reason and that none of the employees appear on any sex offender registry. This certification must be renewed annually and provided to the Superintendent or their designee. Each contract will contain the requirements as stated herein.
Depending upon the specific circumstances, the Superintendent/designee may deny an individual access to any school premises in their sole and absolute discretion.
- Before visiting a school, a Registrant shall notify the Principal in writing of the specific date, time, and place of the visit, and of the Registrant’s status as a registered sex offender. If the premises in question is District property that is not connected to a particular school, a Registrant shall instead notify the Superintendent/designee. Notice must be given at least 3 days in advance of each visit.
- The Principal or Superintendent/designee will notify the Registrant in writing of whether the Registrant’s visit is approved, and what conditions will apply to the visit, if any. Any approval will only apply to the specific date, time, and place referenced in the Registrant’s notice.
- The Principal or Superintendent/designee may notify additional school personnel of the visit as necessary, including, but not limited to: appropriate administrative and teaching staff; security personnel; volunteers or paraprofessionals within the student’s classroom; counselors; coaches; advisors; nurses; bus drivers; custodians; district daycare providers; and playground supervisors.
- A Registrant who is a voter may visit school premises without providing advance notice or obtaining prior approval if: (a) an election is being held that day; (b) the Registrant’s polling place is on school premises; and (c) the Registrant is visiting school premises for the sole purpose of voting.
- A Registrant may visit school premises without providing advance notice or obtaining prior approval if the Registrant is attending an event or activity that is not sponsored by the school.
- A Registrant who is the parent or guardian of a child enrolled at the school must notify the Principal of his or her status as a registered sex offender only as follows: (a) at the beginning of each school year; or (b) if the child is not enrolled at the beginning of the school year, when the child is first enrolled; or (c) if the parent/guardian is not a registered sex offender at the beginning of the school year or when the child first enrolls, when the parent/guardian first becomes a registered sex offender. The Registrant shall follow any written protocols or conditions placed on their visit(s) to their child’s school or any other school premises, which shall be established by the District on a case-by-case basis for ensuring the safety of other students.
- A Registrant who is a student enrolled in the District is not required to provide advance notice or obtain prior approval before each visit, as long as the department, child welfare agency, or other person supervising the student under a dispositional order under Wis. Stat. Section 938.34 works with the Principal and Superintendent/designee to ensure the safety of other students. It is the responsibility of the student and/or their parent/guardian to verify whether the department, agency, or person has made the appropriate contact with the District. The District and the department, agency, or person shall follow any written protocols or conditions, established by the District on a case-by-case basis, for ensuring the safety of other students. If the conditions of this exception are not met, the student is required to follow this Policy’s procedures for providing advance notice and obtaining prior approval before each visit.
LEGAL REF.: Wisconsin Statues
- Sections 120.13(1) [Board power to set conduct rules and to maintain good decorum and a favorable academic atmosphere]
- 120.13(35) [Board power; presence of persons in school buildings]
- 121.02)1)(i) [Safe and healthful facilities standard]
- 301.475 [Sex offenders to notify schools]
- 947.01 [Disorderly conduct]
- 947.013 [Harassment]
CROSS REF.: Exhibit
- 1600 Visitors
- 3600 School Safety
- 3622 Access to School Building and Grounds 6100 Mission, Principles, Goals, Results
ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS: None
AFFIRMED: February 25, 2014
REVISED: February 28, 2023