Parental Rights and Responsibilities

Parental Rights/Responsibilities at  
City Charter High School

City Charter High School staff recognizes its responsibility to provide each student with an opportunity to receive an exceptional education and to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Our students and their parents/guardians also share this responsibility.  

COVID-19 Related Parental Involvement

To help our students make the transition to and persevere amid an online learning environment, City High expects parental support in: 

  • Ensuring that all assignments are completed. 
  • Volunteering to participate in their education. 
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to their education, including scheduled parent conferences. 
  • Promoting positive use of extracurricular time. 
  • Staying informed and communicating with the school by promptly, reading all notices from the school received by their child or by mail and responding as appropriate. 
  • Adhering to the attendance policy. 
  • Establishing a set time when their child is expected home from school; keeping early dismissals for emergencies only, during the traditional school year. 
  • Insisting on appropriate classroom behavior during both traditional and livestream instruction. 

School Visits

City Charter High School Parents who wish to visit classrooms must schedule those visits in advance with the school principal. Parents interested in learning more about City High can arrange a tour on Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM by calling the school at 412-690-2489.  

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors must be approved in advance. They should notify School Safety at least 24 hours in advance and submit a health self-assessment that will be reviewed to determine approval to visit.  

Visit Guidelines

City Charter High School welcomes and encourages active engagement and participation of parents/guardians in their child’s educational programs and other school-related activities. The administration recognizes that such interest may result in visits to the school by parents/guardians. To ensure order and safety within the school and to protect students and employees, it is necessary to establish policy governing classroom observation school visits.  

All parent classroom observation sessions must be planned in advance so as to not create conflict with the teacher and student schedule. Parents/guardians must inform the building principal in writing of the proposed visit by completing and submitting an Observation Request Form, a copy of which may be retrieved from the office of the building principal or on the school website: http://cityhigh.org/students/handbook/.  

The completed Observation Request Form must be returned to the building principal at least 48 hours prior to the requested date of the proposed visit. The principal or other designated administrator must grant prior approval for the visit, and shall notify the classroom teacher prior to the visit.  

Observations will be limited to one time per month, per child, for no more than 60 minutes per visit in order to avoid distraction or disruption to the teacher’s schedule and classroom atmosphere. However, under certain circumstances, a parent/guardian may request additional observation time. Under these circumstances, the principal or other designated administrator is directed to use his or her discretion to either approve or decline such requests. In addition, formal observation does not include times when parents/guardians are invited to a classroom for special events or presentations, back-to-school events, when acting as a chaperone for field trips, or serving as a volunteer with a teacher. 

The principal reserves the right to decline any request for classroom observation if it is determined that such an observation would cause undue disruption to the educational process. In addition, the building principal, other designated administrator, program supervisor, classroom teacher, or security staff have the authority to ask a visitor to leave if the visitor disrupts the classroom routine, educational program or daily schedule, or if the visitor violates a school policy. Failure to leave when asked or documented disruptions may result in the loss of classroom visitation privileges.  

Upon arrival, all visitors are required to sign in at the school office indicating the name of the teacher and/or destination, present a valid government-issued picture identification, and receive a visitor’s badge that must be worn and remain visible at all times when in the building. All visitors are also asked to sign out when leaving the building.  

To protect the learning environment, the parent/guardian will be the only visitor in the classroom during the observation. Any observer, other than the parent/guardian, must be approved by the principal and have written consent from the parent/guardian describing the reason for the visit/observation.  

Out of respect for the teaching environment, parents/guardians shall not bring younger siblings or children while observing in the classroom or to utilize any electronic equipment such as cell phones while in the classroom. Observers should not disrupt the learning environment by engaging students or the teacher in conversation. A follow-up meeting may be scheduled as needed to answer questions or concerns. Recordings of the observation shall not be permitted absent specific approval by the school administration. In addition, no visitor shall be allowed to photograph or videotape any person or any part of the school building absent prior approval from the school administration.  

All visitors should be aware that the school utilizes video surveillance systems.  

During the observation, the principal or his designee may be present in the observed setting in order to accommodate follow-up discussion or clarify questions that may arise.  

Any decision of the principal shall be final regarding classroom observations. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Each student will be assigned to a Grade Level staff advisor, during his/her stay at City High School. Students and parents/guardians will meet with the advisor during Parent Teacher conferences to review the student’s academic and career plans using the Graduation Status Report. 

Parent Portal

At City High, there is a single web portal point of access to all the key information students and parents need: classes, homework, grades, attendance, progress reports, activity schedules, lunch menus, school news, and communication between the school, teachers, students and parents.  

Teachers at City High manage the activities and assignments within their classroom using an electronic grade book. The Teacher Grade Book provides teachers the necessary features for recording grades and attendance.  

City Charter High School does not send progress reports or attendance reports as the information is available on the Parent Portal. For help with passwords and PORTAL accounts contact Mr. Watson at 412-690-2489 or through email - jwatson@cityhigh.org.  

Parental Involvement 

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. This includes ensuring: 

  • That parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning. 
  • That parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school. 
  • That parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child. 
  • The carrying out of other activities, such as those described in section 1118 of the ESEA.  

To review our full policy regarding Parental Involvement, please visit the following link: