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I am a parent and a long-time PTO volunteer in the Hempfield School District in Lancaster county, and our elementary school PTO is having some serious issues with the District administration and School Board attempting to severely limit parental involvement. All parents are banned from classroom observation or from simply taking a forgotten lunchbox or musical instrument to their child's classroom. Another instance occurred when a friend asked to observe a kindergarten classroom in an attempt to decide between public and private school for her daughter; her request was denied. Ultimately, she choose private school, partly because of the way she was treated for simply asking to observe. Currently, the School Board is considering revisions to their Policy 907 on School Visitors which would limit visits to once per quarter, "unless requested by district personnel for an educational purpose."
I would be happy to share further examples with you on the phone. I would also like some advice about the legality of restricting parent participation to such an extent.
I look forward to hearing from you,