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Otis School Parent/Guardian Classroom Observation Procedures

Parent/guardian classroom visits are welcome at Otis School. Although we welcome these visits, they can be disruptive to the classroom routine and instruction time. To prevent interference with instruction, and to ensure student and staff safety, all observations must be requested with written notice (click here for Request Form) at least 48 hours in advance, and a mutually agreed-upon time must be decided upon with the teacher, parent/guardian, and principal. In the absence of extraordinary circumstances, observations are limited to 30 minutes in length and no more than twice a month.  The district may designate an administrator or designee to accompany parents/guardians during parent-initiated observations. All visitors must comply with the expectations below.

 

For the observation, parents/guardians:
 

    •   Must be in the room at the agreed upon time
    •   Must be in an area designated by the teacher
    •   May not disrupt instruction
    •   May not harass staff
    •   May not speak with students, including their own child
    •   Must turn off cell phone/s
    •   May not take pictures or video

 

If the visitor wishes to speak to the teacher about the visit, (s)he must arrange this with the teacher after school, or by email or phone. Please keep in mind that when the class ends, recess is usually only 10 minutes long, and this is a time when the teacher can go to the bathroom and/or prepare for the next class. This is not a good time to discuss the visit with the teacher.