Visitor Policies

Closed Campus Policy

HighTech LA is a closed campus. HighTech LA hours are 8:45 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. on school days, during which time all students must remain on campus, unless:

  • They are supervised by HighTech LA’s staff
  • They have been given written permission by their parent or guardian to leave campus, as set forth in attendance policy
  • Are going to academic internship
  • Are enrolled in an approved class at a community college to take the place of an elective course and have written permission from their parent(s) and the school counselor to be off-campus during that time period, generally this will be the end of the school day on days when that elective meets.

Students at HighTech LA during school hours must always be in class and under the supervision of an adult. Students who stay for any after school activity must remain on campus. Students who leave campus after school will not be allowed back into the building. If a student requires an after school snack, he or she must bring it to school with them in the morning.

Students not attending an after-school activity must leave campus at 4:00 pm and may not remain on campus unsupervised. Students attending an after-school activity must leave campus immediately upon conclusion of such activity and may not remain on campus unsupervised. HighTech LA does not provide day care or adult supervision after school, except for adult supervision of schoolsponsored after-school activities. HTLA students are not allowed on the campus of any other school on the Lake Balboa Educational Complex (LBEC) at any time – before, during, or after school – without being accompanied by a HTLA staff member. HTLA students found on any other part of the LBEC campus may be cited.

Visitor Policy

All visitors to the HighTech LA campus, including parents, must enter the school through the Main Office and obtain permission to enter the school grounds. Conditions for Classroom and School Visitation Policy HighTech LA encourages parents/guardians and interested members of the community to visit HighTech LA and view the educational program. HighTech LA also endeavors to create a safe environment for students and staff. To ensure the safety of students and staff as well as to minimize interruption the instructional program, HighTech LA has established the following procedures, pursuant to California Penal Code Section 627, et seq., to facilitate visits during regular school days:

1. All visitors shall register with the main office immediately upon entering any school building or grounds during regular school hours. When registering, the visitor is required to provide his/her name, address, occupation, age (if under 21), his/her purpose for entering school grounds, and proof of identity. For purposes of school safety and security, visitors will wear a “visitor’s pass” while on school premises. All visitors will check out though the main office when leaving campus.

2. Visits to a classroom during school hours should first be arranged with the teacher and Principal or designee, at least three (3) days in advance. If a conference is desired, an appointment should be set with the teacher during non-instructional time, at least three (3) days in advance. Parents seeking to visit a classroom during school hours must first obtain the written approval of the classroom teacher and the Principal or designee.

3. The Principal, or designee, may refuse to register an visitor if he or she has a reasonable basis for concluding that the visitor’s presence or acts would disrupt HighTech LA, its students, its teachers, or its other employees; would result in damage to property; or would result in the distribution or use of unlawful or controlled substances.

4. The Principal or designee may withdraw consent to be on campus whenever he or she determines that a reasonable basis for concluding that the visitor’s presence on school grounds would interfere or is interfering with the peaceful conduct of the activities of the school, or would disrupt or is disrupting the school, its students, its teachers, or its other employees.

5. The Principal or designee may request that a visitor who has failed to register, or whose registration privileges have been denied or revoked, promptly leave school grounds. When such a request is made, the visitor is required to leave immediately. When a visitor is directed to leave, the Principal or designee shall inform the visitor that if he/she reenters the school without following the posted requirements he/she will be guilty of a misdemeanor.

6. Any visitor who is denied registration or has his/her registration revoked may request a hearing before the Principal or designee on the propriety of the denial or revocation. The request shall be in writing, shall state why the denial or revocation was improper, shall give the address to which notice of hearing is to be sent, and shall be delivered to either the Principal or designee or the Board President within five (5) days after the denial or revocation. The Principal or designee or Board President shall promptly mail a written notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing to the person who requested the hearing. A hearing before the Principal or designee shall be held within seven (7) days after the Principal or designee receives the written request. The Principal or designee shall seek the assistance of the police in dealing with or reporting any visitor in violation of this policy.

7. At each entrance to HighTech LA grounds, signs shall be posted specifying the hours during which registration is required, stating where the Main Office is located and what route to take to that office, and setting forth the penalties for violation of this policy.

8. No electronic listening or recording device may be used by students or visitors in a classroom without prior written approval by the teacher and the Principal or designee and prior consent is provided by all individuals who may be recorded.

Penalties

1. Pursuant to the California Penal Code, if a visitor does not leave after being asked or if the visitor returns without following the posted requirements after being directed to leave, he/she will be guilty of a crime as specified which is punishable by a fine of up to $500.00 or imprisonment in the County jail for a period of up to six (6) months or both

2. Further conduct of this nature by the visitor may lead to HighTech LA’s pursuit of a restraining order against such visitor which would prohibit him/her from coming onto school grounds or attending Charter School activities for any purpose for a period of three (3) years.