Site 4: School Entrance Welcome

Our virtual tour of a Family Friendly Partnership School combines the concepts of architecture and improvement planning for a sustained program of actions by educators and families.

School Entrance Welcome

  • The school office is located close to the entrance and easy to find.
  • Various people (volunteer parents) welcome visitors at the door for about an hour in the morning and an hour after school, as the students are coming and going.
  • One of the welcoming people wears a badge that reads 'I SPEAK SPANISH' if appropriate.
    -This personal touch adds to the family friendliness of the school building and facilitates the visitor’s reason for entering the building.
    -This activity also frees up the administration to attend to other business of the day.
  • A blue sign on the school entrance door reads:
    'VISITORS PLEASE CHECK IN AT THE OFFICE SO THAT WE MAY WELCOME YOU AND ISSUE YOU A VISITOR BADGE. HELP US TO KEEP YOUR CHILDREN SAFE.
    THANK YOU!'
    (Coshocton City Schools, Coshocton, Ohio 43812)
  • New families enrolling through the school year are given a tour of the building by the parent coordinator including the lunchroom, playground, etc. They are introduced by name as they meet the various school personnel.
  • A child experiencing homelessness enters the school to enroll, accompanied by an agency representative and parent/guardian. They are greeted and treated graciously like all children enrolling. Their school records may not be available at the time, however, by law they must be enrolled without those records. Then follow the same welcome above for new families.
  • The limited English proficient (LEP) student and family is greeted and made to feel welcome. Have available an interpreter to assist with enrollment, if necessary. Have translated written information about the school in the welcome bag. Then follow the same welcoming procedure above.

LEP

For assistance with translation (home language – other than English) or recommendations of translators and/or oral interpreters, contact the Lau Resource Center at the Ohio Department of Education at 614-466-4109.

Last Modified: 4/16/2013 9:44:55 AM