Safe Child Policy
The purpose of the Safe Child Policy is to ensure the safety and well-being of children in the Library, and to maintain an atmosphere of constructive library use throughout the building.
A. Responsibility for the welfare and behavior of children using the Library rests with the parent, guardian or responsible caregiver. Though staff will respond with care and concern, they cannot assume responsibility for children’s safety and comfort when they are unattended. The Library defines “unattended children” as those who are under the age of eight (8) years who are without close supervision even though a parent, guardian or responsible caregiver may be in the building. The Library defines “responsible caregiver” as a person twelve (12) years of age or older who acknowledges responsibility for the child(ren).
B. Supervision of children:
1. Children under the age of eight (8) years are to be in sight of and supervised, at all times, by a parent, guardian or responsible caregiver. Parents/guardians or caregivers are expected to remain in the Library while children are attending programs.
2. Children eight (8) years of age and older who are able to maintain proper library behavior may use the Library unattended; otherwise, they should be adequately supervised by a parent, guardian or responsible caregiver.
C. As needed, staff may:
1. Notify parents, guardians or responsible caregivers whose children need additional supervision.
2. Contact the police to assist with the enforcement of proper library behavior and/or to ensure the safety of an unattended child.
D. As in all public places, “stranger danger” is a real concern. Library staff cannot prevent children from interacting with or leaving with persons who are not the appropriate chaperone.
E. At closing, staff will make a reasonable effort to assure that children leave the Library comfortably and safely. A minimum of two (2) staff members will remain in the Library if a minor child is in the building after closing. If any children remain at the Library fifteen (15) minutes beyond closing, staff will contact the Avon Lake Police Department to ensure safe transport.
Avon Lake Public Library
Board of Trustees
Resolution # 1713-07 Resolution # 1914-10 Resolution # 2221-14
9 October 2007 Amended, 11 February 2010 Amended, 13 March 2014