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Henderson schools looking at policy concerning registered sex offenders

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The Henderson School Board is looking at their policy concerning registered sex offenders visiting schools. 

Right now, a written request must be approved beforehand.

The school board attorney gave a presentation at the board meeting on Monday night on how to accommodate parents who are registered sex offenders.

According to Kentucky law, sex offenders are not allowed on school property without advance written permission from school administrators.

The issue regarding Henderson schools came up when registered sex offenders, who have children in the schools, petitioned principals to be involved with extra curricular activities and other student programs.

Henderson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas Richey says he believes parents have the right to discuss their child's educational program with teachers, but only in a controlled environment. 

"Its our belief that parents should be involved in children's education, but in this case, there's an automatic limitation. We also have a tremendous responsibility for the safety of our kids. It's priority one in this district," Richey said.

Richey doesn't believe involvement in extra curricular activities is a privilege arbitrarily handed out.

The school district is looking to tweak the current procedure with advice from the school attorney. The board didn't take any action on Monday night. They're continuing to look at ways to work with parents and to be sure they're following state law. 

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