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Unattended Child Policy

The Library Board asserts that it is the responsibility of the parent or responsible caregiver to insure the appropriate behavior of their children in the library. The Library staff is not responsible for the supervision of children left unattended by their parent or responsible caregiver.
For the safety of all children who visit the library, children eight (8) years of age and younger must be accompanied and directly supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver who assumes full accountability for the children’s safety and behavior in the Library. “Directly supervised” means the child and the parent or caregiver must be able to observe one another at all times. The assigned caregiver must be a responsible person age fourteen (14) or older, and must carry emergency contact information.

Those who bring children eight (8) years of age and younger to Library programs must remain in the building for the entire program. The Library reserves the right to require that a parent or caregiver attend a program with a child.

The Unattended Child Policy will be followed when a child age eight (8) years of age and younger is left unattended on Library property.

If a child age eight (8) years of age and younger is being disruptive, the following steps will be taken:

  1. The child will be given a warning that the behavior is unacceptable and must stop immediately.
  2. A Library staff member will address the issue with the parent or caregiver.
  3. If the disruption continues, the staff member may ask the parent or caregiver to leave with the child.

Children age nine (9) through fourteen (14) are welcome to use the Library unattended as long as they are mature enough to follow Library rules and observe proper conduct. Any child who is at the Library without supervision must be able to contact a responsible person in case of emergency or for transportation needs.

If a child age nine (9) through fourteen (14) is being disruptive, the following steps will be taken:

  1. The child will be given a warning that the behavior is unacceptable and must stop immediately.
  2. If the child does not correct the undesirable behavior, he/she will be asked to leave the Library. When a child age nine (9) years of age or older is asked to leave the Library, a staff member will call the parent or caregiver to pick up the child.
  3. A Juvenile Officer of the Winnetka or Northfield Police Department will be called to take responsibility for the child if the following occurs:
    • If a parent or caregiver cannot be reached, or is unresponsive to the Library’s request to pick up the child.
    • When a parent or caregiver has been contacted and the child is not picked up within twenty (20) minutes.

If a child of any age is left unattended at the time the Library closes and attempts to reach a parent or guardian have failed, two Library staff members will wait with the child for 20 minutes. If a parent or caregiver has not arrived for the child, the Winnetka or Northfield Police Department will be called to take responsibility for the child.

The Library cannot be responsible for any consequences of parents or caregivers forfeiting their responsibilities. Library staff does not monitor the arrival or departure of any child from a program or the building.

Approved: October 20, 2003
Revised: April 21, 2014

Unattended Child Policy

The Library Board asserts that it is the responsibility of the parent or responsible caregiver to insure the appropriate behavior of their children in the library. The Library staff is not responsible for the supervision of children left unattended by their parent or responsible caregiver.
For the safety of all children who visit the library, children eight (8) years of age and younger must be accompanied and directly supervised by a parent or responsible caregiver who assumes full accountability for the children’s safety and behavior in the Library. “Directly supervised” means the child and the parent or caregiver must be able to observe one another at all times. The assigned caregiver must be a responsible person age fourteen (14) or older, and must carry emergency contact information.

Those who bring children eight (8) years of age and younger to Library programs must remain in the building for the entire program. The Library reserves the right to require that a parent or caregiver attend a program with a child.

The Unattended Child Policy will be followed when a child age eight (8) years of age and younger is left unattended on Library property.

If a child age eight (8) years of age and younger is being disruptive, the following steps will be taken:

  1. The child will be given a warning that the behavior is unacceptable and must stop immediately.
  2. A Library staff member will address the issue with the parent or caregiver.
  3. If the disruption continues, the staff member may ask the parent or caregiver to leave with the child.

Children age nine (9) through fourteen (14) are welcome to use the Library unattended as long as they are mature enough to follow Library rules and observe proper conduct. Any child who is at the Library without supervision must be able to contact a responsible person in case of emergency or for transportation needs.

If a child age nine (9) through fourteen (14) is being disruptive, the following steps will be taken:

  1. The child will be given a warning that the behavior is unacceptable and must stop immediately.
  2. If the child does not correct the undesirable behavior, he/she will be asked to leave the Library. When a child age nine (9) years of age or older is asked to leave the Library, a staff member will call the parent or caregiver to pick up the child.
  3. A Juvenile Officer of the Winnetka or Northfield Police Department will be called to take responsibility for the child if the following occurs:
    • If a parent or caregiver cannot be reached, or is unresponsive to the Library’s request to pick up the child.
    • When a parent or caregiver has been contacted and the child is not picked up within twenty (20) minutes.

If a child of any age is left unattended at the time the Library closes and attempts to reach a parent or guardian have failed, two Library staff members will wait with the child for 20 minutes. If a parent or caregiver has not arrived for the child, the Winnetka or Northfield Police Department will be called to take responsibility for the child.

The Library cannot be responsible for any consequences of parents or caregivers forfeiting their responsibilities. Library staff does not monitor the arrival or departure of any child from a program or the building.

Approved: October 20, 2003
Revised: April 21, 2014