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Principals shall enact guidelines that will ensure protection of instructional time and keep interruptions to an absolute minimum. At a minimum, the guidelines should include the following terms:


School personnel should use the public address system sparingly. Except in emergency situations, announcements should be scheduled to avoid interference with instructional time.


School and central office personnel, parents/guardians, and visitors should, when possible, schedule conferences/appointments with teachers when they will not interfere with instructional time.


Parents/guardians are welcome in the Durham Public Schools but should schedule visits through the principal's office, when possible. The principal may decline or reschedule visitations that would be unduly disruptive.


Parents/guardians should, when possible, make prior arrangements with the school principal for early dismissal of their children. Unexcused, chronic early dismissal or late arrival of students may result in action under the school system's compulsory attendance policy.


Salespeople shall not be permitted to interrupt teachers during the school day, and must have prior permission from the principal before meeting with school personnel or others at any time on school property.


Students enrolled in other school systems, including private schools, are not permitted to visit or attend Durham Public Schools during the instructional day except as approved by the principal.

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Legal Reference: G.S.115C-36 Cross Reference: Policy 4101, Compulsory Attendance
Adopted Effective: July 1, 1999