FIRST POSTED AUG. 2012
Due to the unfortunate condition of some of our local schools, there is something else to consider (besides new shoes and a backpack) at the beginning of a school year. It is always important to get to know the new teacher, however, it is just as important to become very familiar with your child's school environment--particularly the classroom(s).
One way to get information on the "healthiness" of your child's classroom is to ask for it (in writing). This basic information (which should be provided to you by the school site administrator or school district office) is vital to the overall success and healthiness of the learning environment that your child spends hours in ...on a daily basis. Make sure it is an environment that is healthy for learning and growing.
Here are a few important classroom history/maintenance questions that you (as a parent or guardian) would benefit from knowing . . . you are your child's best and foremost advocate.
Classroom History Questionnaire
(permission to copy, print, or reproduce)
Name of School: ____________________________________ Date: _________
Room #_______ Teacher: ___________________________ Grade: ________
Students last name (optional): ____________________________________
Type of classroom building: Portable_____ Stucco____
If a portable classroom: Age of portable______ Built/Manufactured: __________________
Date HVAC System last maintained/checked: ______/______/_____ By: ______________
Age of Carpet: _______ Last replaced: _____
Classroom closed due to mold or moisture? Mold / Moisture / Mold & Moisture
Date classroom was closed: __________ Date cleared for re-entry: ________
Illness(es) related to classroom environment: __________________________ Date: _________
Major ceiling/roof leaks: ___________ Date repaired: ___________
Complaint(s) of Odor/Poor Air Quality: ____________________________________
Date Resolved: ______________
School Administrator: ___________________________ Date: _________
Maintenance & Operations: _______________________ Date: _________
Mailing Address where information can be mailed/returned:
Phone #s: (H) ____________________ (C) ________________________________