Creating Welcoming School Environments

August 3, 2010

Instruct everyone on how they should approach parents and students in order to make them feel welcome.

Expect office personnel to warmly greet everyone who enters the office.

Make the entryway of your school inviting. Place such things as benches, rocking chairs, and plants in this area to create a welcoming environment for all who enter the school.

Stand in a visible location to welcome students, parents, and faculty members as they enter the school each morning. Be personable as you greet all by shaking hands, waving, or by saying, “Good to see you”, “Have a great day!”, or “I’m happy to see you today.”

Establish a parent information center in the school lobby. Provide materials that promote the school and highlight the accomplishments of students, faculty members, and the school.

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