Behavior Management Procedure Change Effective Immediately Tue 10/4
Due to the ongoing crisis with managing the middle school population at the Library, Department Heads met yesterday to develop a new plan for managing behavior expectations in the Library. To give the entire staff a much needed break and time to prepare for procedural changes, the Teen Room will be closed for the remainder of this week Tuesday-Saturday and reopen with new guidelines on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. If you are a parent or guardian of a child in grades 6-10, we urge you to please speak with your child about the value of the newly renovated and expanded public library with an engaging Teen Room.
Effective Immediately 10/3/2022
- There is no open seating for middle schoolers on the upper level through 11/10/2022.
- The meeting rooms on the Upper Level (202, 219, 228, 229) are restricted to for adults and high school students with high school ID AND library card. If high school students do not have a library card, they can get one with a school ID.
- A library card is required to make a meeting room reservation for any room, including in person. All teens in the meeting room must have a library card to be in the room.
- Once you’re in the meeting room, no in-and-out. Restroom breaks are fine.
- Room limits on EventKeeper will be enforced – Group Study 202 is for 4 people, tutoring rooms for 2 people.
- The Teen Room is closed temporarily for the remainder of this week. We apologize for the inconvenience. The room will reopen on Tuesday 10/11/2022 with new protocols.
Effective Tuesday 10/11/2022
- Beginning next Tuesday 10/11/2022, we will implement a new system to communicate behavior expectations, enforce consequences, and limit numbers of middle school students. Tentative procedures are being drafted by the youth services team and include:
- The Teen Room will be open to ages 13-17 with a library card (no crossover with the Children’s Room, which is 0-12 only; that age group has to have parent in the library)–with the following limits:
- Teens will need to sign in to use the room and show an ID / Card to get into the room. No card in system = no entry; no card present = show on phone or confirm identity with two pieces of data (address, date of birth, phone number on file, email on file). The library card would allow us access to their contact information should we need to reach out to a parent. If the students have the library card on their phone, this can be used to confirm their information.
- We will enforce an occupancy of 22 in the Teen Room [2 in each of 2 tutor rooms; 2 groups of 4 in the gaming room; 10 seats for open seating (computers, maker space passive programming, general seating)]
- Once you’re in the Teen Room or Meeting Room, you stay in the Teen Space. Students will need to locate all of their friends ahead of time who are signed up to be in the room and to come with everything they need. Restroom breaks are fine as long as they are not using them to play and be loud in the hallway.
Other Things to Know:
- The Teen Room Staff are working on signage that clearly states specific unwanted behaviors with consequences and a behavior expectations contract modeled on what Boston Public Library does for their teen space.
- We will not offer Teen Room Access on early release days for the rest of the school year; the Teen Room will open at 2pm.
Thank you for your compliance in these procedures.