GKC(LEGAL) - COMMUNITY RELATIONS: VISITORS
A district may require a person who enters a district campus to display the person's driver's license or another form of identification containing the person's photograph issued by a governmental entity.
A district may establish an electronic database for the purpose of storing information concerning visitors to district campuses. Information stored in the electronic database may be used only for the purpose of school district security and may not be sold or otherwise disseminated to a third party for any purpose.
A district may verify whether a visitor to a district campus is a sex offender registered with the computerized central database maintained by the Department of Public Safety as provided by Code of Criminal Procedure 62.005 or any other database accessible by the district.
A board shall adopt a policy regarding the action to be taken by the administration of a school campus when a visitor is identified as a sex offender.
Education Code 38.022
Notice of Entry onto School Premises
"Premises" means a building or portion of a building and the grounds on which the building is located, including any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, or parking garage on the grounds.
"School" means a private or public elementary or secondary school or a day-care center.
A registered sex offender who enters the premises of any school in Texas during the standard operating hours of the school shall immediately notify the administrative office of the school of the person's presence on the premises of the school and the person's registration status. The office may provide a chaperon to accompany the person while the person is on the premises of the school.
These requirements do not apply to:
- A student enrolled at the school;
- A student from another school participating at an event at the school; or
- A person who has entered into a written agreement with the school that exempts the person from these requirements.
Code of Crim. Proc. 62.064; Health and Safety Code 481.134
Ordinances in General-Law Municipalities
"Child safety zone" means premises where children commonly gather. The term includes a school, day-care facility, playground, public or private youth center, public swimming pool, video arcade facility, or other facility that regularly holds events primarily for children.
"Playground," "premises," "school," "video arcade facility," and "youth center" have the meanings assigned by Health and Safety Code 481.134.
"Registered sex offender" means an individual who is required to register as a sex offender under Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 62.
To provide for the public safety, the governing body of a general-law municipality by ordinance may restrict a registered sex offender from going in, on, or within a specified distance of a child safety zone in the municipality.
It is an affirmative defense to prosecution of an offense under the ordinance that the registered sex offender was in, on, or within a specified distance of a child safety zone for a legitimate purpose, including transportation of a child that the registered sex offender is legally permitted to be with, transportation to and from work, and other work-related purposes.
The ordinance may establish a distance requirement at any distance of not more than 1,000 feet.
The ordinance shall establish procedures for a registered sex offender to apply for an exemption from the ordinance.
The ordinance must exempt a registered sex offender who established residency in a residence located within the specified distance of a child safety zone before the date the ordinance is adopted. The exemption must apply only to areas necessary for the registered sex offender to have access to and to live in the residence, and the period the registered sex offender maintains residency in the residence.
Local Gov't Code 341.906
Military Recruiters' Access to Students
Each district receiving assistance under the ESEA shall provide military recruiters the same access to secondary school students as is provided generally to institutions of higher education or to prospective employers of those students. 20 U.S.C. 7908(a)(3)
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test
Each school year each school district shall provide students in grades 10 through 12 an opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test and consult with a military recruiter. [See EK] Education Code 29.9015