How successful was your school in reaching you this year?
The last month of school is traditionally the busiest. We have the opportunity to witness spring music concerts, final sporting events, field days, and field trips. With the many details that surround these events, parents should have a clear sense of how smooth or efficient the communication was (or was not) from their perspective. Looking back at over the last month - and the last year - how was your digital communication experience?
Were parents informed? Did you receive clear and timely information about time, location, and expectations for events that your child participated in? Was the information easy to find when you needed to refer back to it?
Did you receive communication directly from teachers? A solid relationship between teachers and parents will always benefit students. As a parent, did you hear from the teacher about expectations, progress, classroom events, and other aspects that helped you stay involved in your child’s education?
Was information equitable? Did the school clearly communicate which platform parents should expect to receive information through, and was it easy to connect? For parents that speak languages other than English, was all information translated?
Have new families been communicated to? In DPS, families were informed of their choice placements in March. Has the school communicated to those families? Many schools conduct outreach to those families immediately after the choice season to embrace and include the students who will be joining the school community in the following year.
If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’ or if you just aren’t sure, consider starting or joining the conversation at your school. Is there a PTA or parent volunteer who can take on a role in organizing parent communication? Do parents simply need a venue to get connected to your school’s communication platform? Parents are sometimes prone to simply accepting whatever type of digital communication comes their way, but this area is sometimes overlooked or neglected throughout the bustle of the school year. Streamlined communication can provide you with effective and efficient messaging and as a parent, you deserve to be on the receiving end of just this kind of productive communication.