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School to Home:
Frequent communication with parents is an important part of maintaining close relations between the school and the home, and teachers are encouraged to communicate regularly with parents. This can be done directly without involving the office. Any written communication which may affect future dealings with the parents, such as notification of academic problems, should be photocopied and placed in the relevant student file. Each week the Lower School, Middle School and High School will publish an electronic bulletin, all of which are designed to communicate general information about upcoming events at the school, and showcase various aspects of the school’s programs. On a monthly basis, a monthly Dragon News will be published in a magazine format to highlight the learning happening in our classrooms as well as to feature input from our experts on things such as curriculum, fine arts, athletics etc.
Note: Teachers and administrators should respond to any parent question, including e-mail queries, within 24 hours.
Frequent communication between the teachers and parents has been a much appreciated strength of PKUES in the past. This has often been accomplished through the use of a daily communication book set up for each student, however in the recent past email, classroom web pages and blogs have become common tools to maintain this link. In terms of frequency of communication, Early Childhood classroom teachers (PS though Kindergarten) are expected to communicate with parents at least weekly, but in some individual cases even daily communication is needed. Classroom teachers in lower school grades (Gr. 1-2) and grade 3 are expected to communicate with parents of their students at least bi-weekly through the use of a general classroom newsletter (or other regular means) outlining upcoming events in the classroom, and highlighting various aspects of the program. Classroom teachers from Gr. 4 through Gr. 12 are expected to communicate with parents at least weekly, outlining assignments that are outstanding, as well as providing parents with access to student grades and other progress. During the coming school year much of this task will be accomplished through use of PowerSchool. Further detail on this process will be added once PowerSchool is fully implemented. No report card should contain a failing grade without prior contact having been made with parents.
Home to School:
Parents may wish to communicate with teachers and/or administration, sometimes with complaints or concerns. Parents are encouraged to approach teachers directly with questions about homework, classroom management, or other classroom-related details. Parents who call the office will be referred to a teacher before an administrator will hear a complaint. When a parent refuses to meet with a teacher, the teacher will be informed (i.e. there will be no ‘anonymous’ complaints).
Professional Conduct and Communication in the School Community
Teachers are always welcome to approach the administration with suggestions or concerns. Neither teachers nor administrators should say anything disparaging about colleagues or policies to parents or any other community member. Such disagreements should be addressed internally. As is the case in any good school, it is unprofessional to speak disparagingly about a colleague or the school in general to a parent or in any public setting.
The school recognizes the need to provide a safe and healthy environment for all students and employees. It is the policy of the school to make every reasonable effort in the areas of accident prevention, injury protection and the promotion of health, safety, and welfare of all students and employees.