Elementary School Tours – Privilege, Courtesy, or Right?
February 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Just for a change of subject, someone emailed me with this dilemma about trying to tour their neighborhood school before Kindergarten begins.
I won’t name the school, but it is one of the well-regarded neighborhood elementaries. Very high test scores (and as typically goes hand in hand, a low ratio of lower income students.) You get the drift. One of the schools that a parent might seek out a neighborhood for. Probably doesn’t take many/any kids via lottery.
CURIOUS WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE? Any advice? Does the school owe local parents tours? Is this common?
The reader writes:
I moved into a neighborhood this winter and will have most oldest child in kindergarten next fall (2014-15 school year). I called (Neighborhood Elementary School) and they do not schedule any open houses for new families.
I inquired about a school tour and was told that it is the school’s policy is to not give tours. I escalated my request and received a call from the asst. principal stating again that they do not give tours and that the administration spends every minute of the day tending to school related issues and does not have the time to give tours as well as tours are disruptive to the students and teachers. I requested an after hours tour and suggested that a member of the PTA could show me the facilities. Again, they stated policy is no tours.
They directed me to check their website for school information and they can answer my questions over the phone. I explained that I am new to the area, do not know anyone that attends the school and do not feel comfortable sending my 5 year old child 7 hours per day/ 5 days per week with out seeing where they were going, however they just stuck to the no tour policy. I requested a meeting with the principal and she said she would forward my request. Still waiting to hear back….
Can a public school deny a parent access to the school? Is there anything else I can do?
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