Policies and Procedures Handbook

Last Updated: 6/14/2005
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550

School Visitation

Administrative Procedures

The Garrett County Public Schools operates an "open door" policy for patrons and the public who desire to visit the schools. It believes that visitation in the schools by properly motivated constituents can be a constructive force in improving school-community relations and educational programs. It also believes that certain procedures are necessary to ensure that these visitations operate constructively for all concerned - the students, the teachers, the administrators, and the public.

The administrative procedures as they pertain to visitors in the schools are included in Administrative Procedure 931.2. Additional guidelines for school personnel are as follows:

     1. The principal or his/her representative should invite the visitor to register at the office of the school and to receive an identification card.

     2. The principal or his/her representative should ascertain the purpose of the visit and the teacher(s), classroom(s), instructional areas, or office(s) to be visited.

     3. The principal or his/her representative may need to accompany the visitor to the visitation site and remain with him/her during the visit.

     4. The principal or his/her representative may limit the number of visitors to a specific classroom or visitation site.

     5. The principal or his/her representative may need to declare visitors unauthorized* and/or disruptive influences in the school under Section 26-101, THE PUBLIC
         SCHOOL LAWS OF MARYLAND, Disturbing activities at school or college; molesting or threatening students.

     6. If visitors are declared "unauthorized and/or disruptive," the principal or his/her agent must notify as quickly as possible the Superintendent of Schools, or the
         Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, or the Director of Pupil Services.

     7. The teacher upon receiving authorized visitors in his/her classroom should welcome them and immediately continue with the learning activities planned.

     8. The teacher, if questions are raised during class that interfere with the operation of the class, has the right to state that he/she will discuss these questions as soon
         as possible at a mutually agreeable time in a private setting.

     9. The teacher, if questions or disruptions continue, may request the visitor(s) to leave the classroom and must immediately notify the principal or his/her
         representative of this action.

    10. The teacher, as visitors leave the room, should ask whether or not there are any questions that might be answered at a mutually agreeable time.

    11. The teacher may request a school administrator to be present at conferences resulting from these requests.

Special and periodic invitations should be initiated by teacher and administrators for specific parents and/or the public, in general, to visit schools. A major effort to advertise these desires should be made each year during American Education Week.

*Unauthorized Visitors -- In some instances schools, may experience visits from unauthorized personnel such as former graduates, intoxicated individuals, non-custodial parents, sales personnel, etc., who have not followed the appropriate sign-in procedure and/or would have the proper reasons for visiting students, classrooms, or school personnel. Should this occur, the principal or his assistant should see that the persons are not permitted to move throughout the building. All teachers and school employees should support this effort by bringing such individuals to the attention of the principal.


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School-Community Relations 931.1 AAC
Adopted 12/5/75
Revised 8/13/81, 7/14/88