Alpine School Superintendent Steven Baugh said it would be ideal if teachers and students could carry on friendships outside the classroom, but that's not possible in today's society.
"(The policy) is protecting our teachers from allegations of wrongdoing. What we're trying to say is "teachers, you're not authorized to invite your students to your homes," he said. "Our teachers are becoming increasingly aware that (outside interactions with students) are misinterpreted. There are those rare, rare instances when an adult will take advantage of a child. Many, many things teachers could do for children they just cannot do now."