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Parent Involvement


Parents are encouraged to visit GVA and their child’s classroom at any time. Appointments are not necessary, but communication with the teacher beforehand is appreciated by the teacher and may be helpful in facilitating a productive visit. Parents must ensure that their presence is not disruptive to the learning environment. All visitors are required to sign in and out at the front office and obtain a visitor sticker prior to visiting their child’s classroom or attending events during school hours. To ensure that our students are safe and feel safe at all times, we respectfully ask that you keep your dogs at home. If you would like to bring a pet from home to visit the classroom, please request this first to your child’s teacher. Any visitor that is disruptive to the learning environment may be asked to leave, temporarily prevented from entering the school, and subject to legal action against them, as the case warrants.

Research has shown that parent involvement is crucial to a child’s success in school. We welcome, encourage, and appreciate the time and support of all the parents who give their time to our children. Volunteer opportunities at Great Valley Academy include, but are not limited to:

  • Classrooms: This includes listening to students read, helping students with projects, or helping teachers prepare projects.
  • Office work: Parents help in the office by making copies and performing other office- related tasks.
  • Work at home: Many parents volunteer their time while at home, preparing materials needed in the classroom.
  • Fingerprints are required for all volunteers that will be working in the classroom on a regularly scheduled basis. Please see the front office for the appropriate forms.

Field Trip Chaperones

Parent chaperones are often needed for field trips during the school year. Parents must be fingerprinted before chaperoning a field trip. When needed, teachers will notify parents of the opportunity to chaperone. If the number of parent volunteers is greater than the number of spots available for the field trip, a lottery will be held to determine the parents able to chaperone. Siblings are NOT allowed to attend field trips.