Lately I’ve been receiving more calls regarding patrons or parents causing substantial disruptions at school or during athletic events. The situations vary, but the conduct in all cases crosses a line, going beyond mere disagreement with a school official. Fortunately, administrators have statutory protections for dealing with these matters.
70 O.S. Section 24-131 permits the superintendent or principal to order anyone off school property in the event the person’s continued presence there threatens the peaceful conduct of school business or classes. This protection also extends beyond the school grounds to school activities or field trips where students are present. Refusal to follow an order to leave may result in a misdemeanor conviction consisting of jail time (up to 90 days), a fine (up to$500), or both.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
This is an extension of a post I included in a recent members-only Friday News Brief. However, I feel the topic is worth repeating, as the methods you choose for communicating with your staff, board and the public at large are critical to ensuring all interested parties stay informed of important school and district information.
I'm talking severe weather season, my friends! We here in Oklahoma know all too well the fear this time of year brings and the devastation that can occur.