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Category : Parenting Tips

Communicating With Your Child’s Teacher Throughout the School Year

Thursday , August 22 , 2019

Fostering an open-door communication partnership with your child’s teacher at the start of the new school year is beneficial in supporting your child’s learning. As the school year progresses, you may need to contact your child’s teacher for different reasons. Ask your child’s teacher as to which communication method is preferred. Here are the most common ways for you to communicate with teachers. 

Email

At the beginning of the school year, be sure to get your teacher’s email address. With busy schedules, sending a quick email is the most convenient way to get in touch with your child’s teacher. When communicating with the teacher, be brief and to the point. Your child’s teacher will most likely respond to you within 48 hours. Please know that you should always email your teacher by using his or her PVSchools email address. Never ask for a personal email address from the teacher.

Phone Call

If it’s really important, you may want to call your child’s teacher directly. While the teacher may not be able to answer the phone while teaching the class, you can leave a message. Most likely, your child’s teacher will get back to you at the end of the day or before school the next day. Again, never ask for the teacher’s personal cell phone or home phone number.

Send Handwritten Notes

You may want to send a handwritten note to the teacher to show your appreciation. Keep in mind that while handwritten notes are a nice gesture, it may not get delivered to the teacher promptly. If you do send a note to school, let your child know that it needs to be hand-delivered to the teacher.

Schedule a Meeting

For more in-depth conversations about your child’s progress or any problems that he or she has been experiencing, you should schedule a meeting with the teacher either before or after school. Email the teacher to see which date and time that works best.