Unattended Children

UNATTENDED CHILDREN/PERSONS

Policy Statement
To enrich the informational, educational and recreational quality of life for all people in Rampart Library District, the Library strives to provide an atmosphere and environment free from unnecessary distraction and conducive to the highest and most efficient use of its facilities and resources.

Rampart Library District welcomes all patrons to use its facilities and services and strives to maintain a safe environment conducive to the welfare of all users. But because the Library is a public place, the safety of children or others cannot be guaranteed. Library staff members have many duties to fulfill
and cannot supervise children/persons in the Library or when they leave the building. Library staff are
not trained or expected to provide care and supervision for children or other persons in need of constant attention. The responsibility for the care, safety and behavior of children* or other persons requiring supervision during their library visit rests with the parent/guardian or caregiver.

It is not our intention to seek out unattended children/persons, but rather to have a reasoned response prepared as problems occur. “Unattended” means that the caregiver is not in the same library service area as the child or person for whom he/she has responsibility.

Guidelines
1. Library staff members will evaluate each situation described below to determine if a child/person is lost or unattended in these or similar situations:
• A child/person is alone and frightened or crying in the library.
• A child/person is alone and doing something dangerous or another person in the library seems to be a danger to the child/person.
• A child/person is alone and is not following library rules or is in nonpublic or unauthorized areas.
• No caregiver comes to pick up a child/person at closing time.
2. When it is determined that a child/person is lost or unattended in any part of the library, the library staff will attempt to locate the caregiver within the building. When the caregiver is located, the staff will offer him/her a copy of the library’s Unattended Children/Persons Policy and request that the caregiver comply with the policy.
3. If the caregiver is not in the building, staff members will make every effort to contact him/her
within a reasonable amount of time. If staff members are unable to make contact, they will be instructed to call the local police department.
4. Under no circumstances will a staff member take the child/person out of the building.
5. If the child/person exhibits symptoms of medical emergency, staff will call the 911 EMS immediately.

*Children aged 11 and younger need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, sibling or babysitter at least 12 years of age. [Colorado Revised Statutes 8-12-107(1)(b)]

Concerns about the Unattended Children/Persons Policy must be presented in writing with specifics to the Library Director. Please provide your name and contact information. The Library District may amend or supplement this policy from time to time and reserves the right to do so.

Approved by the Rampart Library District Board of Trustees on July 12, 2005
Revised and approved by the Rampart Library District Board of Trustees on September 18, 2012

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