Dear Parent or Guardian:

This message is a follow-up to the district’s web messages and phone messages regarding the visit of a non-district parent to the East Islip Middle School last Friday, who was mistakenly looking for his child in our district. Based on ongoing interviews and discussions, we have been assured that a safe environment was maintained as none of our students interacted with the visitor and he left the building when he was informed that his child did not attend the middle school. Regardless, we have spent the past several days reviewing existing policies and protocols for visitors to all schools.

As we begin another school year, we think it is important to review the following procedures that will be used in our schools for all persons who are visiting our buildings.   

1. Anyone who is not a regular staff member or student of the school will be considered a visitor. All staff members will be wearing a school-issued ID during normal school hours.

2. All visitors to the school must report to the school building’s front desk upon arrival at the school, where they will be required to sign the visitor’s register and present photo ID. Visitors will then be issued a visitor’s pass, which must be worn at all times while in the school or on school grounds. The visitor must remove the identification pass at the front desk and sign out on the visitor’s register before leaving the building. All visitors will be announced and/or escorted to and from their destinations.

3. Visitors attending school functions that are open to the public outside of school hours, such as parent-teacher organization meetings or public gatherings, are not required to register.

4. Any unauthorized person on school property will be reported to the principal or his or her designee. Unauthorized persons will be asked to leave. The police may be called if the situation warrants.

5. All visitors are expected to abide by the rules for public conduct on school property contained in the school district’s Code of Conduct.

To those of you who are frequent and known visitors to our schools, some of the procedures may feel unnecessary. We ask you to understand that following these procedures is in everyone’s best interest, to protect the safety of our students and staff. We will be reviewing and confirming the responsibilities of those staff members that are assigned to the front desks to ensure consistent application of our procedures. 

Thank you for your patience, cooperation and understanding in this very important matter. Together, we will work to continue to provide a safe environment for our entire school community. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal.

Sincerely,

John J. Finello
Superintendent of Schools