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Perris Union HSD |  AR  6116  Instruction

Classroom Interruptions   

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In order to allow students to take full advantage of learning opportunities while in the classroom, school staff shall ensure that interruptions are kept to a minimum. Strategies to reduce classroom interruptions include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Keep announcements made through intercom or public address systems to a minimum, limit announcements to specific times during the day, and only use the intercom or public address systems for announcements that apply to all students or groups of students. Announcements that apply to individual students or staff members should be distributed in writing.

2. All announcements should be made only with the approval of the Principal or designee.

Announcements should be short and to the point. Remember that class time and control is directly affected by the length of the daily announcements.

Daily announcements are intended as a primary communication to students and staff. Information should be pertinent to current student activities, staff information, counseling information, and communication of major events. Each announcement should be no longer than 30 seconds and the total for all announcements should not exceed five minutes. All announcements should be provided to the principal or designee 24 hours in advance. The site principal or designee is responsible for proof reading announcements prior to being read to the entire school.

During the year, various recognitions and appreciation activities (appreciation week, month etc.) can be highlighted in the announcements. Groups sponsoring these announcements are held to the same 30 second spot as all others. Month long recognitions will be provided once each Monday (not every day) during the month. Announcements should never be repeated more than three times. All long term announcements and in depth announcements should be relegated to an electronic bulletin board provided daily to teachers to display on classroom monitors. The principal or designee is directly responsible for the publishing of the bulletin board and updating information.

3. Establish a fixed time for the delivery of written messages to students and staff, except in cases of emergencies.

4. Schedule school maintenance operations involving noise or classroom disruption, as well as deliveries of equipment and supplies, to classrooms before or after school hours whenever possible.

5. Inform school visitors that they should make appointments in advance, in accordance with district policy.

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 1250 - Visitors/Outsiders)

(cf. 3515.4 - Disruptions)

6. Notify parents/guardians that they should go to the school office rather than the classroom when they are dropping off their child late, picking him/her up early, or bringing by any forgotten items from home.

7. Notify school staff that they should refrain from conducting personal business during instructional time.

(cf. 4040 - Employee Use of Technology)

8. Provide professional development in classroom management as needed to enable staff to more effectively reduce interruptions caused by inappropriate student conduct in the classroom.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.4 - Student Disturbances)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

Legal Reference:


32211 Restricting access to school grounds based on threatened disruption or interference

32212 Classroom interruptions

44810-44811 Disruptions; misdemeanor

48901.5 Authority to regulate use of electronic devices

51512 Prohibited use of electronic listening or recording device

Management Resources:


Instructional Time Task Force Report, 2007


approved: November 18, 2009 Perris, California

revised: June 15, 2011