policies – Unattended Children policy

Purpose

The purposes of the Horry County Memorial Library Unattended/Disruptive Children Policy are as follows.

To provide for the security, safety, and enjoyment of children, the staff, and others using the library.

To establish the Library’s expectation of parents’ responsibility.

Policy

Parents or caregivers are responsible for the behavior of their children while in the library. While the library assumes no responsibility for children left unattended on the premises, the staff shall develop procedures that deal positively with issues of security and safety specifically related to minors.

Parents may not leave children under the age of 9 unattended in the library. Children under the age of 9 must be brought into the building by a parent or responsible caregiver who must remain in the building until the conclusion of the program when they again resume supervision of their charge. Parents or caregivers are responsible for their children’s behavior in the library.

Disruptive children are defined as children violating the library rules and regulations as defined by library policy. Disruptive children age 9 or over will be asked to leave the library for the day after receiving one warning and after attempts have been made to contact the parents. Disruptive children under the age of 9 will receive one warning. If the disruptive behavior continues, then the parents will receive a warning. If the disruptive behavior continues, then the family will be requested to leave the library for the day.

Staff are authorized to contact appropriate authorities under the following circumstances:

If staff are unable to locate or contact a parent or responsible caregiver

If a child does not comply with library rules and regulations after being warned

If a parent is unwilling or unable to have the child comply with library rules and regulations

The Library’s Director is responsible for establishing administrative procedures necessary to carry out this policy.