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As a parent participatory school, SSDS welcomes all families to play an active role in caring for children alongside our educators.
Parent participants are not included in the consideration of adult-child ratios. All classrooms are staffed with SSDS Faculty sufficient to meet legal ratio requirements. Parent participants are responsible for helping with necessary tasks in the classroom. However, they are also there to be a part of the life of the classroom, and should be encouraged to participate in all aspects of the classroom day – both curricular and administrative. The relationship building that can happen during participation is value of SSDS.
Families who sign up for Full in-class Participation should expect to participate up to 12 times per year. Families who sign up for Half in-class Participation should expect to participate up to 6 times per year. Parent Participants are expected to arrive in their designated classroom at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day. Participants should plan to stay for at least 15 minutes after the end of the core school day to help the faculty clean up and shut down the classroom for the day.
In order to ensure the safety of our students and maintain compliance with Maryland State Law, SSDS requires that all adults supervising or caring for children at SSDS must be fingerprinted, must undergo an FBI and MD criminal history background check, must provide a completed Medical report signed by a doctor, and must complete the online SafeSchools training. In the event that anything on the background checks or medical report indicates that it is not safe for the adult to be responsible for children, said adult will not be approved for participation or to be responsible for children other than their own.