Ponchatoula High School welcomes and encourages parents and other school patrons to visit the school at appropriate times; in fact, special programs and visiting days will be planned throughout each school year to provide opportunity for such visits. In accordance with state law, no person is allowed on school grounds or in schools, buildings, or facilities without authorization from the appropriate school official.Therefore, all visitors shall report to the principal’s office immediately upon coming onto school grounds for their visit. Office personnel, principals, counselors, etc., will be made aware of the purpose of the visit. Whenever possible, all visits should be pre-arranged. Principals are authorized to take the necessary steps in dealing with unauthorized visitors. A visitor will be any person except the following: an employee of the school or school system, a member of the school or school system’s governing authority, a student enrolled in the school, and/or a parent, guardian, or other person authorized by a parent, guardian, or other person who is delivering the pupil to school at the beginning of the school day or picking up the pupil at the end of the school day. In accordance with state law, the School Board shall authorize principals, school administrators, or school security guards to search the person and any item in the possession of a person who is not a student enrolled in school, or any school employee, while in or on any school property. The search may be conducted at random with a metal detector or physically when there is reasonable suspicion that such person has any weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, stolen goods, or other materials that violate Board policy.