Olmsted Falls, OH asked in Civil Litigation, Education Law and Elder Law for Ohio

Q: ORC 4117.103 -volunteer at public schools When can a qualified volunteer be turned back by principal?

be turned away directly from the principle?

Arriving at my granddaughter’s elementary school for an approved PTO volunteering event at the requested time, Right away I was met with resistance. She began using her phone. She inquired to several ladies standing close by a loc of someone. I was left in the foyer while she went out of site.Appx 5 min later the principal showed up & addressed that I wouldn’t be volunteering today & would have to leave the building. She stated the mother of my granddaughter was there and said NO to me coming in the building or any volunteering. I called my son, it ‘s his parenting day, on speaker, the principle repeated the a copy of that policy. The next day the AS called and informed me there is NO DISTRICT or SCHOOL POLICY addressing this situation. At the end of the call, she again confirmed NO POLICY addressing when a parent says no to a qualified volunteer the principal complies. Is this a legal issue between the BOE and myself? If so what kind?

1 Lawyer Answer
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: The law does not require the schools to allow any particular person to volunteer and there are literally hundreds of reasons from the mundane (we have enough help) to the quite serious (this individual set fire to the building last time they were here) that someone might be turned away.

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