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4200 Policy – Safe and Orderly Learning Environment

Contacts with Staff

The learning environment and the staff’s time for students will be free from interruption. Except in emergencies, staff will not be interrupted in their work by community members and parents/guardians. Brief messages will be recorded to permit the staff member to return the call when free.

Certificated staff will be available for consultation with students and families. Students and families are urged to make appointments with staff to assure an uninterrupted conference.

No one will solicit funds or conduct private business with staff on school time and premises.


Bellingham Public Schools welcome and encourage visits to school by parents/guardians, community members and interested educators. The superintendent will establish guidelines governing school visits to insure orderly operation of the educational process and the safety of students and staff.

Disruption of School Operations

The superintendent or staff member in charge will direct a person to leave immediately if any person is: acting under the influence of drugs or alcohol; being disruptive; obstructing any school program, activity, or meeting; threatening students or staff; or obstructing any lawful task, function, process or procedure (of any student, official, classified or certificated staff member or invitee) of the school district.

If such a person refuses to leave, the superintendent or staff member will immediately call for the assistance of a law enforcement officer.


Approved By: Superintendent Greg Baker and Board President Douglas Benjamin
Adopted: 03/12/13
Signature Date: 01/26/17
Approved: Board Approved
Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.605.020, Parents’ access to classroom or school sponsored activities— Limitation

RCW 28A.635.020, Willfully disobeying school administrative personnel or refusing to leave public property, violations, when — Penalty

RCW 28A.635.030, Disturbing school, school activities, or meetings — Penalty

RCW 28A.635.090, Interfering by force or violence — Penalty

RCW 28A.635.100, Intimidating any administrator, teacher, classified employee, or student by threat of force or violence unlawful — Penalty

20 U.S.C. § 7908, No Child Left Behind Act, Military Recruiter Provision