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Visitors to Schools - October 2005 Revision

Notice: This policy was reviewed, revised, and/or renamed. We provide this revision for historic purposes only. Please see our current policies and procedural directives.

This procedural directive was reviewed and approved in October 2019. We provide this revision for historic purposes only.

Upon arrival on a school campus, any individual, including a student from another school, must report to the school office and/or the principal, if available, and state the reason for the visit.

Visitors must comply with the rules of the school.

An individual failing to comply with any of these procedures and/or causing a disruption of the educational process may be barred or removed from the campus at the principal's discretion. The individual also may be charged with criminal trespass. The APS School Police Office will provide additional information and assistance.

Student visitors (from another APS school) may be permitted to remain on the school campus at the discretion of the principal. No student who is currently suspended from another school and/or who has been the cause of a disruption in any school shall be allowed to remain on campus. 

Because of the potential for disruption to the instructional process and to minimize the risk of injury and liability, children who are not enrolled in an APS school or program are not permitted on campus or on field trips unless they are visiting under the immediate supervision of their parent or guardian.  Students may not bring children or siblings who are not enrolled in a program at the school to school or on field trips as visitors or to “babysit.” Employees may not bring their own children to work at school or other district facilities during the duty day without prior authorization from their principal or manager. 

Visitors who are promoting products or ideas for personal or financial gain or advantage must present to the principal written permission to contact the school. Permission is obtained from the Community Relations Office.

Conferences with school staff should be arranged before or after school. Conferences arranged during instructional time should have prior approval from the principal. In no event will the concept of uninterrupted instructional time be abrogated.

State laws also apply to visitors on campus: "Persons involved in the distribution or possession with the intent to distribute drugs or counterfeit drugs on this school campus or within 1000 feet of the boundaries of this school are subject to arrest pursuant to the provisions of Section 30-31-22C NMSA 1978 and upon conviction as an adult are subject to imprisonment for up to 18 years in the N.M. State Penitentiary pursuant to the provisions of Section 31-15-18 NMSA 1978."

Cross Ref.:

  • Board Policy K.01

Legal Ref.:

  • Section 30-31-22C NMSA 1978
  • Section 31-15-18 NMSA 1978

NSBA/NEPN Classification: KI

Revised: May 1995
Revised: April 1996
Revised: May 1997
Revised: October 2005

This procedural directive was reviewed and approved in October 2019. We provide this revision for historic purposes only.