School Visitation

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 9:54am

As we begin the second half of the year, we are beginning to notice that many of our students are forgetting the items they need to take home at the end of the day. As a result, we have noticed a number of people returning to the building after dismissal.

         **Just a reminder that the building closes at 4:05 p.m.**

Please be mindful of the Guidelines for School Visitation in Howard County.

The Howard County Public School System welcomes visitors to our schools. To limit interruptions and distractions to teaching and learning and to maximize safety for all, persons who wish to visit a school campus, building or classroom are asked to comply with the following procedures:

  • Anyone wishing to visit a school is asked to contact the Principal to discuss the purpose of the visit and to establish a convenient time for both the visitor and the school.
  • The school will arrange for an escort for the visitor.
  • Upon entering a school, all visitors must sign in at the main office and receive a visitor badge. Visitors may be required to provide a photo ID before going into other areas of the building.
  • To avoid interrupting instruction, no students are allowed to shadow HCPSS students.
  • Understandably, interactions between visitors and school staff and students will be limited.
  • If a follow-up meeting with school staff is desired, the visitor will schedule it for a mutually convenient time.

We take the security of our students and staff seriously.  All schools have the following school security features and practices:

  • Controlled Entry – School access is configured to direct visitor through the administrative office.
  • All schools have an automated visitor management system that verify identification and standardize badging in place.
  • HCPSS security guidelines have been developed and implemented in all schools.
  • Training for all staff on security protocols has been conducted, and is ongoing.

If your child does forget something at the end of the day, please email the teacher and let them know. It will be here when they return!

If you have any questions about school visitation or school security, please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Spivey. We appreciate your assistance in keeping our community safe!