Unattended Children Policy

Unattended Children Policy


The Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. encourages the use of the Library by children of all ages, parents, and adults. The Library is not responsible for the care and supervision of unaccompanied children. In order to maintain a safe and orderly environment for Library use and to protect Library property, the following constitutes Library policy concerning the supervision of children:

Parents, caregivers or guardians are responsible for the conduct of their children on Library premises at all times and must provide reasonable supervision of their children as is appropriate based on the age and level of responsibility of each child. It is the sole responsibility of the parent, caregiver or guardian to ensure that the child is of sufficient age and maturity to be left unattended at the Library. Parents and guardians should be aware of Library opening and closing times and make suitable arrangements to meet and/or transport their children.


If a child is unaccompanied in the Library 15 minutes before closing time, staff may assist the child in calling to arrange for transportation. The staff is not required to stay with a child after closing time. The Board of Trustees has authorized the staff to call the police if the parent or guardian fails to pick up the child. Under no circumstances will a staff member transport children to any destination. The Gunn Memorial Library, Inc. conforms to the
Connecticut General Statute 939, section 53- 21a relating to unattended children that are in effect at the date of this revision, and as it may be modified by the Connecticut General Assembly

Approved September 23, 2021


Sec. 53-21a. Leaving child unsupervised in place of public accommodation or motor vehicle. Failure to report disappearance of a child. (a) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly leaves such child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle for a period of time that presents a substantial risk to the child’s health or safety, shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

(b) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly leaves such child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation, which holds a permit issued under chapter 545 for the sale of alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises, for a period of time that presents a substantial risk to the child’s health or safety, shall be guilty of a class D felony.

(c) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly leaves such child unsupervised in a place of public accommodation or a motor vehicle between the hours of eight o’clock p.m. and six o’clock a.m. for a period of time that presents a substantial risk to the child’s health or safety, shall be guilty of a class C felony.

(d) Any parent, guardian or person having custody or control, or providing supervision, of any child under the age of twelve years who knowingly fails to report the disappearance of such child to an appropriate law enforcement agency shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor. For the purposes of this subsection, “disappearance of such child” means that the parent, guardian or person does not know the location of the child and has not had contact with the child for a twenty-four-hour period.

(P.A. 97-298; P.A. 12-112, S. 1.) https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_939.htm#sec_53-21a