Schools in the District are considered “closed campuses”. This means the District has moved to ensure that all schools have a single point of entry / registration for all visitors.
Currently, state law and Board policy require visitors to show their ID to verify who they are and their reason for requesting a visit.
In 2018, LBUSD allocated $11 million for additional safety and security features in local schools. This investment into school safety included adding perimeter fencing, creating closed campuses at many sites across LBUSD. Security cameras and buzzer-access entry doors also have been added to main entrances on all campuses. The addition of these security features means that campuses may not be accessible to the public after hours and on weekends unless specifically permitted by the school district. Visitors should keep in mind these additional security measures, making appointments in advance when possible and using the main entrance when arriving on campus.
Before and after school, the number of open gates is limited, and staff monitor every open gate. Non-essential gates are closed and locked after student entry and dismissal. Once the instructional day has begun, all visitors and outsiders are required to register in the office to request permission to enter the campus for specific reasons. All visitors and outsiders must sign in and provide a valid reason for visiting.
Schools welcome parent and community involvement, and schools are often centers for the surrounding community. However, the main purpose of schools is providing an education to students. Under the law, schools are not considered open to the public, or a public forum, such as a public park or sidewalk. Instead, schools are considered a “limited public forum” and may limit public access in accordance with reasonable regulations set by the school.
Registration or check-in for permission to visit a school campus is required by state law. The purpose for this is to:
- Reduce disruption to the educational process of the school
- Limit access for those who have no business being on the school grounds, who may disrupt the educational process, or who pose a threat to students and/or staff
- Know who’s on campus and who comes in and out
- In the event of an emergency, account for everyone on campus