POLO PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT POLICY

UNATTENDED CHILDREN

Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children while they are in the Polo Public Library. The Polo Public Library District staff is committed to help children with activities related to the Library. However, Library staff cannot, nor is it their responsibility to serve as baby-sitters, teachers, or disciplinarians. Violations of this policy are grounds for suspension of library privileges. Whenever advisable, the Polo Public Library will notify the parent of incidents involving an unattended child.
Children under the age of eight must be accompanied and directly supervised at all times by a parent or other responsible caregiver. When the safety of an unattended child is in doubt, or the parent or responsible caregiver cannot be located, or if the Polo Public Library is closing, Polo Public Library staff is authorized to call the police and stay with the child until the police arrive.
From time to time, the Polo Public Library District schedules or provides programs which are designed and suitable for attendance by children without parental supervision. Such program announcements will so indicate, and if no indication is included, then supervision is required. When so indicated, if the parent or caregiver intends to be absent, they must leave word at the circulation desk as to their whereabouts and, if possible, a phone number where they or a responsible adult can be contacted.
Children over the age of eight may use the Polo Public Library unattended by an adult, subject to other Polo Public Library rules and policies concerning behavior, conduct, and demeanor.
Date adopted July 8, 2008

POLO PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT POLICY

UNATTENDED CHILDREN AFTER HOURS

In the event a young person is still at the Polo Public Library 15 minutes after the library closes to the public, the police will be called to pick up the young person. Attempts will be made during that 15 minutes to reach parents, but in no instance will staff take young people home.

Date adopted July 8, 2008