Communicating with your child's school
Knowing who does what in your child’s school – and figuring out the best ways to communicate with school staff – can help you to be effective in supporting your child’s success.
Sometimes you’ll want to talk to the school to address problems or express concerns. A good rule of thumb is to start with the person closest to your concern. For instance, if your child does not seem to have homework, it makes sense to ask the teacher for an explanation. If you don’t get an adequate response, try contacting the principal.
Sometimes you may want to call someone at the school about a highly emotional issue, such as a conflict your child may be having with another child. As a general rule, avoid calling when angry. Remember that no matter how the situation may feel, school personnel do want to work with parents to resolve problems.
At the start of each school year, gather the information in the list below; keep it on hand so that when issues arise you can go straight to the right person. Some of the information below can be found on a school’s GreatSchools.org profile; other details you can learn by contacting the school itself.
- School telephone number and school secretary name
- PTO president name, telephone number and email address
- School newsletter frequency
- Principal email address
- School website URL
- Teacher email addresses and voice mail telephone numbers, if available
– Source: www.greatschools.org