Visiting Westside Elementary
We welcome parents and other visitors to our facility. When visiting, all parents and visitors must register in the Westside office upon entering the building. In order not to disrupt instructional time, all visitors/parents are required to stop in the office and let our office personnel assist you. The north entrance door is the only door unlocked during school hours. Please enter through these doors and go straight ahead into the office area. Office personnel will assist you. If you plan on picking up your child after school, please wait in the office, and have your child meet you there. Do not stand outside classroom areas or block hallways. According to West Fargo Ordinance #12-0505, unannounced visitors may be fined $500.
Visting - Students bring Friends to School
Students may not bring friends or other students to visit in the classrooms or at lunchtime. Only enrolled Westside students are allowed into their specific classroom. This rule is for the protection of all students and the instructional program. Classroom interruptions can be very detrimental to the learning process.
Visiting - Parent Classroom Visitation
Having parents visit the classroom is an important part of the elementary school experience. The Westside Elementary School staff values the concept of parents as partners in education, and understands that the student’s education extends beyond the school. Parents will have the option of signing up to assist as a room parent for special projects and parties, joining PTA and performing special school activities, helping with science fairs, and volunteering time to assist on fieldtrips. It is up to the individual teacher to determine his/her classroom needs and to make any necessary arrangements for parent volunteer assistance.
Parents wishing to visit the classroom to observe specific academic instruction need to visit with the building principal for approval. Parents must provide 24-hour notice and state the purpose of the visit (identify what you wish to accomplish by the visit). The decision is entirely up to the building principal based on the purpose of the request. This rule is for the protection of all students and the instructional program. Many children in the classroom setting receive special services (ELL, Special Education, Title, Speech, etc.) during the school day due to their individual academic needs, and this information is extremely confidential. Due to FERPA (Federal Law), requests will be closely scrutinized to ensure the safety and confidentiality of our student population, along with their individual programming needs. This type of request is different than volunteering time to help with a classroom project, party, or fieldtrip. If you are granted permission to visit a classroom to watch specific academic instruction, you must follow these rules:
- Sign in at the office to receive a nametag and be directed to the classroom.
- Refrain from engaging the attention of teachers or students through conversation or other means.
- Not record data that is considered confidential about how other children are learning or the services they are receiving based on IEP and other criteria.
- Remain inconspicuous and nondisruptive to the instructional process.
- You are not there to judge the teacher’s ability to teach and are there to work with the teacher to best help your own child.
- Parent visitations are limited to only one class period during the school day.
- When leaving the classroom—you are bound by confidentiality and FERPA Law. The main purpose of a visit is for individual parents to gather information on their own child to better help the educational process.