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Rules and Regulations!
Unattended Child Policy of the Sekula Memorial Library
The Edinburg Public Library wishes to become a vital, friendly, comfortable center for providing cultural, informational, and recreational needs for all members of our community. The Library welcomes children into its facilities and wants a safe and secure environment for children who use the Library. We ask each parent to join us in protecting the children of our community.The following children's policy has been adopted by the Edinburg Public Library Advisory Board to insure that children will be properly supervised in the Library.
A responsible adult is defined as a parent/guardian, teacher, or assigned child-care giver over the age of 18.
An unattended child is defined as a child under the age of 10 who is in the Library not accompanied by a responsible adult.Rules:
|1.||The responsible adult who brought the children to the library is responsible for the care and safety of those children at all times. This policy affirms that the library staff does not assume responsibility for unattended children.|
|2.||Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended for any length of time. This includes children participating in Library-sponsored programs. The responsible adult must remain in the building during the program, and must immediately pick up the child when the program ends. If a Library staff member becomes aware of an unattended child in the Library, reasonable measures will be taken to locate the adult. If this cannot be done, the police will be informed. An incident report will be filed in the Library.|
School age children 10 and up may use the library unattended as long as their conduct is acceptable in a library setting. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Parents/police will be called depending on severity of the contact.
The parent must be aware of library hours and must pick up their child/children before closing. Children under 17 and younger not picked up 30 minutes after closing will be referred to the Police Department; this is to ensure the safety of your child.
Policy Adopted by Edinburg Public Library
Advisory Board on 6-14-06