Summit schools restrict parent visits with new rule taking effect in the fall

Parents in Summit are upset after the school district announced a ban on visits to all public school buildings. The school district says the measure

Parents in Summit are upset after the school district announced a ban on visits to all public school buildings.

Parents in Summit are upset after the school district announced a ban on visits to all public school buildings. (7/24/13)

SUMMIT - Parents in Summit are upset after the school district announced a ban on visits to all public school buildings.

The school district says the measure was put in place for safety reasons because hundreds of parents had been dropping by the school with forgotten lunches and other items and were becoming a distraction.

"The goal really is to be responsive to the larger community around security issues," says Summit Schools Superintendent Nathan Parker. "We believe this is going to help control people who come into the school who are unannounced."

One parent, Tom McKinlay, says he thinks the new rule will help students become more responsible, but that it may be too restrictive. "I can understand the grounds for that, but there are going to be situations when I'm going to need to get something to my kid and it's going to be difficult."

Summit's administration says students will always get a lunch, and parents will need to submit a note a day in advance for pick-ups.


 

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