Guidelines for Parent Visitation to Classrooms

At Winchester Village we encourage parents/guardians to come into the school and classrooms to observe the instructional process in their children’s classrooms. However, we need to be certain that we are maintaining the instructional time and focus in the classrooms. With that in mind, please follow these guidelines for parent visitation to classrooms.

  1. Parents who want to observe their child in the classroom must first contact the teacher in order to set up an appropriate time.  When observing in your child’s room, please find a seat designated by the classroom teacher. Sitting right next to your child may cause your child to lose focus on the teacher and lesson. Therefore this seat will not be right next to your child.
  2. I know there are times that the parent needs access to the teacher for questions. If you have questions, please contact the teacher via e-mail or a phone call to arrange a time for you and the teacher to talk. It may be more convenient to ask while doing an observation, but that takes the teacher’s focus off of the students. Students are our number one priority. Therefore, please call or e-mail to set up a time to talk. Typical times that teachers are available are 8:00-8:30 AM most days, their individual preparation time, and after 3:45 PM. Other than these times teachers are with students and will be focused on teaching, and teaching time cannot be interrupted.
  3. If you are bringing your child to school each morning and plan on walking them to the classroom, you must stop in the front office, sign in, and wear the yellow visitor’s pass. Also, Guidelines 1 and 2 still apply.
  4. We encourage parents to visit, however, other visitors will NOT be allowed in the classroom due to privacy issues (FERPA). Other family members and friends are welcome to eat lunch with your child(ren), but we must have received either a note or phone call from the parent/guardian before allowing them access to the children. Again, this is a safety measure to protect our students. If we have not received a letter or a call, we will attempt to contact you. If we are unable to get in contact with you, the visitor will not be allowed into the school building.