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Visitors and Intruders on Public School Premises


Appendices

Appendix C Intruders or visitors who become disruptive

Visitors who have good cause to be on school premises may become unwelcome because of their actions once on site. In the event that a visitor becomes unwelcome, or that an intruder requires management, the principal should attempt to resolve any conflict or disagreement amicably. Reasonable attempts should be made to manage any conflict situation to prevent its escalation.

The principal or authorised person will need to exercise discretion in deciding which option is the most appropriate in the circumstances. When an incident involving an intruder constitutes an emergency, then refer to the Emergency and Critical Incident Management policy for advice on dealing with the incident.

The options available to the principal or other authorised person for dealing with intruders or visitors who have become disruptive are detailed below. The principal or staff member concerned should always work through their district education office to access legal advice, before making a complaint to the police or seeking a restraining order.

ASK FOR NAME AND ADDRESS

Ask the person to state their name and address. See Appendix F for a sample format for the letter confirming a direction and Appendix G for a sample format for the letter confirming failure to comply with a direction.

GIVE A DIRECTION

Give a direction to a person. Such directions may be given to manage and control the school and persons on school premises; for example, asking a person to refrain from using abusive language. See Appendix F for a sample format for the letter confirming a direction and Appendix G for a sample format for the letter confirming failure to comply with a direction.

MAKE AN ORDER
Make an order to leave the school premises, and remain away from those premises for the following 24 hours. See Appendix E for a sample format for the confirmation of order to leave school premises letter.

DETAIN THE PERSON

Detention of a person should only be used where strictly necessary; for example, where the safety and welfare of students and staff is being threatened. The Department is concerned to ensure that this power is used only in exceptional circumstances. Staff should not place themselves in harm's way.
Detain a person who has failed to provide his/her name and address or failed to leave when so ordered until the person can be delivered to a police officer, using the help of other persons as is necessary for that purpose.

LOCKDOWN

The principal will arrange for students and staff who are at threat from physical harm to be protected in a safe temporary holding area with doors and windows closed, pending removal of the threat. Refer to the Emergency and Critical Incident Management policy for further information about lockdown.

CALL THE POLICE

Call police to have the intruder, or the visitor who is no longer welcome, removed. The principal or other authorised person will exercise discretion when deciding whether to contact the police and/or security staff.

ISSUE A PROHIBITION ORDER

Under Regulation 78, a prohibition order will only be made if the principal believes that:

  • the person named in the order is likely to cause physical harm to or apprehension or fear in, another person when that other person is on the school premises; or
  • the person named in the order is likely to cause damage to property that comprises or is located at the school premises; and
  • making a prohibition order is the most appropriate way of dealing with the matter.

A prohibition order can be made up to a maximum of 60 days.

Legal advice should be sought, if necessary, prior to issuing a prohibition order. The order needs to be personally served. This means that the order must be physically given to the person concerned. This is best done by a professional process server. Advice on accessing a process server may be obtained from Legal Services.

See Appendix H for a sample format for the prohibition order letter.

The principal exercises discretion in deciding whether a prohibition order needs to be made subject to conditions, or subsequently needs to be varied or revoked.

A prohibition order cannot be issued against the following persons:

  • a student at the school;
  • a member of the teaching staff, officer or wages staff at a government school;
  • a contractor or a member of a contractor's staff working at the school;
  • any other person who gives instruction at the school; and
  • any other DET employee.

In relation to persons against whom a prohibition order cannot be issued, the principal should consider, in consultation with the Regional Executive Director, whether it is appropriate to apply for, on behalf of any staff member, a misconduct restraining order under the provisions of the Restraining Orders Act 1997.

MAKE A COMPLAINT TO THE POLICE

Making a complaint to the police is different to calling the police to have an intruder removed. Making a complaint involves alleging an offence (such as trespass, criminal damage or assault) and seeking to have charges laid against the intruder. The principal may not make a complaint on behalf of a student; the parents of the student must make the complaint on the student's behalf. The principal may not make a complaint on a staff member's behalf; the staff member must make the complaint himself or herself. The Department's Legal Services branch, through the regional education office, can provide support with this action.

SEEK A RESTRAINING ORDER

In appropriate circumstances, seek a restraining order under the Restraining Orders Act 1997.
 


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