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New Waverly Public Library

Safe Child

New Waverly Public Library

Safe Child Policy

Statement of Concern

New Waverly Library welcomes children of all ages to utilize our materials and services.  It is a doorway through which life-long learning may take place.  The Library is a very busy place and staff members have many duties to perform in order to serve everyone who comes to visit.  They therefore cannot monitor the behavior, safety, or whereabouts of people using the building.  There is no way that the library staff can provide supervision of children.  New Waverly Library does not serve in the capacity of providing day care for unattended children, short-term or long-term.

Statement of Policy

The New Waverly Library cannot assume responsibility for parental negligence in the caring of minor children, nor do we assume parental responsibility for minor children left at the library at closing time.          

* Children under the age of 8 years old may not be left in the children's area without an adult in attendance.

* Children 12 and under may not be left in the library without an adult, 18 or older, willing to take full responsibility.

The staff of the Library is also concerned about the safety of young people who may remain in the Library at closing time.  A minor who does not have firm arrangements for transportaion should be encouraged to begin calling for a ride at least 15 minutes before closing time.

Statement of Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors such as running, jumping on the furniture, throwing furniture/library property, loud voices, defacing library property or any other behavior that infringes on the rights of other library users are not permitted.  The following steps will take place, in order, if unacceptable behaviors occur within the library premises:

1.         Verbal warning

2.         Guardian will be notified in person or by telephone

3.         A request will be made that the youth leave the library premises.  If they are under 12 and a guardian cannot be reached,

            the police will be notified.  The child will stay at the library until the police arrive.

Statement of Discipline

1.         If a child is unattended, a member of the staff will walk him/her around the library to locate the responsible guardian. The       Safe Child Policy will be explained at that time and a copy will be given to the responsible guardian.

2.         If a child is unattended and staff members cannot find the responsible guardian, these procedures will be followed by the

            library staff:

            * Telephone call to guardian.

            * If successful, will insist that s/he picks up the child immediately and the written policy will be given to him/her along with

            a one-time verbal warning.  If the child is left unattended a second time, the police will be called immediately.

            * If telephone call is unsuccessful, the library staff will call the police to come pick up the child/ren.

            * Under no circumstances will the staff take the child out of the library.

            * If the youth is over 12 years of age, they will have the option of waiting outside the library after a phone call is make to

            the person who is giving him/her a ride.