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II. GENERAL

Fort Lewis College (â¿¿FLC⿝FLC) strives to provide a work and learning environment that helps employees and students balance the demands of work and family.  The purpose of this policy is to ensure a productive work and learning environment that complies with health and safety regulations while supporting families with children.  For the purpose of this policy, children are defined as those who are younger than 18 years old and who are not FLC students. While FLC recognizes the importance of families in the lives of employees and students, it also recognizes the potential disruption that the presence of children may have on educational and other campus activities.  Employees and students shall follow these guidelines when bringing children to the workplace or classroom.

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  1. Children may be brought to the workplace in emergency childcare situations if an employee has no alternative childcare.  Whenever possible, employees should request approval from their supervisors before bringing children to campus.  It is understood that some emergency situations may make it difficult for an employee to secure advance approval.  In those cases, the employee should discuss the situation with his/her supervisor as soon as possible.  If the employee fails to do so, the supervisor may require the employee and child to leave the workplace.  Such arrangements made as a result of emergency childcare situations are to be temporary in nature.
  2. Children may be allowed in the workplace in non-emergency situations with the prior approval of the employeeâ¿¿s employee's supervisor.  Such visits should be short-term in nature.
  3. FLC employees who bring children to the workplace must supervise the children at all times.  Children may not be left unattended or with other employees, and no significant disruption of the working environment of either the parent employee, or of other employees should occur.

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