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The participation of families (parents, guardians and caregivers), volunteers and visitors in the learning process and education community is directly correlated to the level of academic success a student will attain. Understanding this vital connection, Dr. Monica E. Goldson, Chief Executive Officer, prioritizes strategies to build bridges and welcomes all. Without meaningful parent and school partnerships, efforts in isolation to increase academic achievement will be futile.
Research has maintained for over 60 years that a positive relationship between home and schools is mutually beneficial for students, families and the school community, including the following:
This Code of Conduct applies to all families, volunteers and visitors who interact with schools and offices in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). It also applies to those who are present at school, in person or virtually, and school-sponsored activities, meetings, and/or functions during and outside of school hours.
In order to create a climate and culture of support for all students, there is an expectation for all stakeholders to work together in ensuring that every student attains high academic achievement, positive social and emotional development and gains readiness for college, careers, and a successful and productive life.
The overarching expectation is that we work constructively together to address issues related to concerns, programs and services before they become a source of conflict. Any interaction between school personnel and families, volunteers and visitors should start with assuming good intentions in others. We also should all make a sincere effort to appreciate each other’s perspective as we work together to support our children. Other positive and effective interactions should include:
In order to maintain an orderly, respectful and secure educational environment for students and staff, it is essential that families and visitors are aware of their responsibilities and understand that adherence to these guidelines is essential for each school and office. Penalties for lack of adherence to this Code of Conduct are enforceable by the PGCPS Department of Security Services and/or local police.
Schools are a place of work and learning. All persons on school property or attending a school function shall conduct themselves in a respectful and orderly manner. The building principal or their designee is responsible for all persons in the building and on the grounds. Anyone who is not a regular staff member or student of the school is considered a “visitor.” All visitors are required to abide by the rules for public conduct on school property contained in PGCPS policies, procedures, and state law.
All visitors must comply with Administrative Procedure 0500 – School Visitors by providing a copy of their government-issued identification, which includes the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo, to the school office to be scanned into the Visitor Management System (VMS). Persons who do not provide required identification will not be permitted on premises.
Visitors must be escorted and/or accompanied by a PGCPS employee at all times throughout their visit. Visitors are required to wear the VMS badge while at the school.
No person shall:
On some occasions, there may be strong disagreement over a school system decision, policy or procedure. Individuals may refer to PGCPS administrative procedures or inquire from their child’s administrators or the Area Office if there is an appeal process for the issue. The following are tips for how to effectively approach and address concerns.
Clearly state the issue or the problem you are experiencing. Make a list of questions you would like to ask. Identify several possible solutions you think would resolve your concern.
Focus on the facts, not on the person with whom you are discussing the issue. Avoid blaming, demanding, and saying “should.” Say “I believe…,” “I feel…,” rather than “You should…”
If you are not sure about something or what you heard, ask for an explanation or clarification. Try to understand the other person’s view of the situation and the solutions they might propose.
Recognize that problems can be solved in more than one way. Be open to alternative solutions.
Make notes of meeting dates and times, who you talked to, and what was discussed.
Save copies of letters, forms and other material related to your concern.
The following consequences have been established in accordance with state law and PGCPS policies and procedures. Principals or their designees and school security have the authority to enforce the Code of Conduct for Families, Volunteers and Visitors, as well as all district policies and procedures, and are authorized to determine the appropriate offense level outlined below.
Depending upon the severity of the incident, parents/guardians or visitors may be ejected from or otherwise banned from campus and participation in school-sponsored activities. In situations involving lesser infractions or where remediation is viable, a verbal warning will be provided. Should a parent/guardian or visitor fail to heed the direction issued in the verbal warning, a ban or other restrictions designed to deter the conduct will follow. No restriction, however, will prevent the parent/guardian from working collaboratively with the school to meet the child’s educational needs, nor will a parent/guardian be excluded from a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting.
Level 1 Offense
Level 2 Offense
|Level 1 offenses are those that do not jeopardize the safety or welfare of students or staff. Consequences are geared to deter and correct behaviors. Failure to act accordingly will result in the escalation to a Level 2 offense and consequence.||
A parent/guardian or visitor in violation of any portion of this code that jeopardizes the academic environment and/or safety and welfare of students and staff is subject to being banned from school property for a specified period of time and will be subject to the district’s actualization of its right to pursue a civil or criminal legal action.
Repeated Level 1 offenses
First Infraction: Verbal Warning
Second Infraction: PGCPS Training Session
Third Infraction: Mediation
Issuance of a formal “No Trespass Letter” from PGCPS premises – this formal notice can be instituted for a quarter, semester or year at the principal’s discretion.
When an individual commits a Level 1 offense (second infraction), the principal will notify the Department of Family and School Partnerships, which will facilitate appropriate training. A period of not less than 30 days will be provided to complete training. Failure to complete training requirements will result in escalation to a Level 2 offense.
At the termination of a formal ban and “No Trespass Letter” from school premises, a meeting with the principal is required and completion of an identified training session through the Department of Family and School Partnerships before privileges are restored.
Level 1 offenses are not appealable.
If an individual would like to appeal a Level 2 offense, a written request with supporting evidence must be submitted to the Instructional Director of the respective school within five calendar days of the imposition of the consequence. Contact information for Instructional Directors is provided on each school’s website. Email requests are acceptable. Upon receipt of a request to appeal, an Instructional Director has five calendar days to issue a written finding to either uphold, amend or abolish the ban as written. If the Instructional Director upholds the decision of the principal, a second level of appeal is available through the Area Associate Superintendent (the CEO’s designee). Prince George’s County Public Schools has three Associate Superintendents as follows:
Associate Superintendent for Elementary Schools
Dr. Kasandra Lassiter, firstname.lastname@example.org ∙ 301-952-6060
Associate Superintendent for Middle, K-8 and Public Charter Schools
Dr. David Curry, email@example.com ∙ 301-952-6010
Associate Superintendent for High and Alternative Schools
Dr. Carletta Marrow, firstname.lastname@example.org ∙ 301-952-6000
A written request for review of the appeal denial must be sent to the appropriate Associate Superintendent within five calendar days of the Instructional Director’s written decision. After receipt of the written request, the Associate Superintendent (CEO’s designee) has five calendar days to issue a written finding. The third and final level of appeal available is to the Prince George’s County Board of Education, under section 4-205 of the Education Article. These appeals must be filed within 30 calendar days of the decision issued by the CEO’s designee.