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School Rule Change on Parents' visit to school
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New Liberty County School procedure:

Another major change affects parents’ classroom observations. Parents or guardians may observe classrooms in which their child is present, but they must get approval from a school administrator more than 24 hours in advance. The administrator will arrange a date and time and arrange for a school employee to escort the observer for the duration of the visit. Observations are limited to 20 minutes and may be requested only one time per semester unless federal regulations require different procedures. Observers are not allowed to use cell phones.

Please help me to understand this liberty county? Please help me to understand the reason behind this strict no parent or guardian able to check on their children, visit and check on tax dollar paid workers and be at tax dollar maintained public building. This is not good. This is more of a hint of total control. This seems in more of a communist and social type government, not like our American government. Sounds like twilight zone, your child goes in (birds chirping ....hhmmmm ) your child comes out. No oversight, no surprise visits (for what ever reason), no nothing. So if your child tells you something in confidence and you, as a responsible parent want to check out things for self, (examples: behavior, teacher, environment or what ever) you have to limit your time check out to 20 minutes and one time per semester. This is like one pitch softball, no matter what, better work all out on that one pitch given to you. Come on BOE, come on represent the people, this hurts the partnership of parents and school to educate a student. I already know some of the respones, if you do not like this take your child to private school, but this is not the point, we all pay for this and it is called a public school. Help me to understand. The President of the Liberty County NAACP is not in support of this strict restriction on parents and guardians. We would like to advocate for at least 3 - 6, 20 minute sessions, per semester.


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LibertyCountyNAACP commented on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 20:58 PM

Thanks Sebekm, will look at link. Thanks for the direction. We attempted to add input. I would of like to see at least 3 to 5, 20 minute session, this is our real point of dissent. More than just one 20 minute session. Thanks for the lead, as for the others advice, work in progress, we were bracing for this change. We are trying to use more mediums to get out our points.

LibertyCountyNAACP commented on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 21:14 PM

Cobb County:
RULE:
A. LIMITATIONS ON WHO MAY VISIT:
To ensure the safety and confidentiality of students, the District limits visitors to:
1. The parents/guardians of current students;
2. Other family members of current students who are approved by the student’s
parent/guardian;
3. Those persons invited by the District for official business; and
4. Outside service providers who currently provide private educational or therapy
services to a student.
B. PROCEDURES:
1. All Visitors:
Upon request, the Principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, grant permission
for visits by the parents/guardians of current students, other family members of
current students who are approved by the student’s parent/guardian, and those
persons invited by the District for official business. To minimize disruption to the
instructional program, visits to classrooms or programs or requests to meet with
specific personnel must comply with the following guidelines:
a. All visitors must sign-in at the school office and obtain written permission to visit
any part of the school;
b. Visits generally require notice at least 24 hours in advance;
c. Parents/guardians may observe for up to one hour during a classroom visitation,
however, individuals who are invited by the District for official business may be
granted extended time periods as necessary to perform their functions at the
discretion of the District;
d. Classroom visitations are not a time for parent-teacher conferences and
parents/guardians should not expect teachers to conference with them at these
times;
e. The regular school program must continue during such visits so parents/guardians
must refrain from engaging the attention of the teacher or students through
conversation or other means.

LibertyCountyNAACP commented on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Dwight Newbould, 43, recently was elected president of the Liberty County Branch of the NAACP for the 2011-12 term. He was born in Miami, Fla., raised in Maryland and has been a resident of Liberty County for 12 years. Newbould works as the re-entry affairs coordinator for the Federal Correctional Institution in Estill, S.C. He is a husband and a father.
“During my tenure, I would like to be known as the approachable president, ready to discuss and address any issues with, and on behalf of, any resident of Liberty County,” Newbould said. “My administration will push to make sure as many residents are well-informed and registered to vote. Our goal is to have a youth council established by July 2011. We want the youth in our community to have input in and practice of community involvement and awareness.”
Newbould, who previously was the organization’s vice president, said he’s ready to implement his plan to improve the community and empowerment Liberty County residents.
“As the president of the NAACP, I want my leadership to be known for educating and uniting the residents of Liberty County. I will always gather the facts, be truthful to members and the community, and always utilize effective actions to bring about positive advancement,” he said. “As the leader of the NAACP, I will partnership and communicate with as many organizations and entities of the government that it takes to make Liberty County the most desirable, safest and balanced county a resident would want to live.”

Thinker commented on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 19:31 PM

Wow, an adjustment to more 20 minutes session per semester is a reasonable request. Hope the BOE undertakes the request.

lholmes commented on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

This is some bull---!

Thinker commented on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I hear you holmes, just so disconnecting between parents who want and just aids parents who don't. This is very not well explained and sold to the citizens. There might be a good reason, but it comes before the solution, and this makes the solution just plain, not.

Thinker commented on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 15:43 PM

I agree, sebekm, Press and Release on this was terrible. Could it also be that BOE had only one election race, this shows the comfort of the BOE leadership in power. The message seems to show, " do as I say citizens and students, for I am almighty and knowing on behalf of all" Another answer may be the BOE just did not think it out. This hurts many parents. We do not know, except this equates to for every one report card a parent can only visit for 20 minutes at the school. This is not enough, if a parent needs or want more. That equals 80 minutes for the total 180 days in a school year.

lholmes commented on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 09:09 AM

My elementary/middle school years were in the 1970's and early 1980's. My father had a habit of just popping up either mine or my brother's school whenever he had a day off or was simply on a lunch break. Kept us on our toes. When I got married and had my own kids, I continued this "tradition". The teachers loved it and asked me to do it as often as possible. A lot of them said that their classes were better behaved for weeks afterward. My daughter starts college this fall and my son is now a senior in high-school. I am glad I won't need to be involved with the school system anymore. With these rules, I would probably be arrested. What happens to a parent that just shows up? Is the school prepared to deny access? If a parent won't leave until he/she sees their child, will the school say no or call the authorities? I see trouble and lawsuits coming.

lholmes commented on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 09:14 AM

"The President of the Liberty County NAACP is not in support of this strict restriction on parents and guardians. We would like to advocate for at least 3 - 6, 20 minute sessions, per semester."

Dang the compromise on this. The whole rule needs to be thrown out. I would pop up and just sit in the classroom...for more than 20 minutes, quietly in a corner. Heck, if I wanted to show up 3 times a week, they had better say "Welcome" and open the dang door.

lholmes commented on Monday, May 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Unauthorized in what way? Do they mean unauthrorized as in not on a parental approval list or as in not authorized via the 24 hour advanced notice?

LibertyCountyNAACP commented on Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:38 AM

This was an incident !!!! So are we to assume the BOE will run background checks with the fugitive list in conjunction with giving approval? Will they also check for back child support, residency status, DNA child ID, and etc... as part of the approval process? This incident could of happen any where, just the parties were in the place at the same time. This event would of been excluded from the policy, it was open to all attending. This incident may add a percentage of support, but very minimal. If the policy was in effect on this day, it would of not stopped this incident from occurring, it was an open invite. So, really this is of little support. The BOE will be coming out with more explanation on the policy to truly explain, if was not intended to deter parents, just gives them control to limit based on documented history of disrupted incidents. Most parents request will be honored and limits may not be strictly enforced, but if have to , they will be within policy. We will await more clarity, talks and partnership has begun, to better educate the young persons of liberty county.

toosie8969 commented on Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 11:59 AM

it disrupts the entire teaching environment when a parent enters the classroom. parents can get involved in so many different ways. most teachers will respond to emails and phone messages. if not, that is a complaint that needs to be addressed to the principal. i am also a tax payer and i have 3 children in the public school system.

Thinker commented on Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 at 13:49 PM

Good points Sebekm, good points, just have to work out that time/frequency limit wording.


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