KI: Visits and Observations in Schools

Classroom Visits by Parents and Community Members

School visits that support observation and learning about the instructional program promote greater community support and home-school partnerships that benefit students. Parents and guardians may sit in on their students’ classes with prior notice to observe instruction and learn about the district’s educational programs. Conferences with teachers are also encouraged during designated times of the year and on an as-needed basis.

Visits by parents to several classrooms in a given grade to compare teaching styles as a basis for requesting a particular teacher are not allowed because classroom assignments are the sole responsibility of the building principal in consultation with staff.

Observations of Special Education Programs

The cooperation of school and parent is essential to ensure the safety of children and the integrity of the classroom instruction while under observation. All observations will occur in accordance with law and regulation and will be designed to support the learning needs of the student.

Administrative Guidelines

The Superintendent will craft Administrative Guidelines regarding both classroom visits and special education observations that clearly indicate protocols for both staff and parents, and will ensure that the protocols are provided to all relevant parties within a period of time prior to the visit/observation that will ensure receipt and a clear understanding of the protocols. Measures to ensure the strictest possible adherence to confidentiality will be included in the Administrative Guidelines.

MSC first vote: 7/23/13
MSC second vote: 8/13/13