Parent communication was a focus for most districts across the U.S even before the abrupt changes made with the COVID-19 school shutdowns. Everything shifted in the blink of an eye, however, when schools across the country began extending spring break and then delaying return
School districts need to confront the crisis of today and prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. The potential for future school closures and distance learning looms large. Today, it's difficult to know when or if schools will physically open their doors for the 2020/2021 school year.
Teachers, professors, educators, and instructors are suddenly in a place where they need to teach from home to their students.
Schools’ Secret Weapon
In mid-March, when coronavirus began sweeping throughout the United States, schools shuttered. For most districts, the decision to shut their doors came quickly. The result left millions of educators trapped at home with fragmented ways to communicate with parents and students.
RIDGELAND, MS (March 30, 2020) SchoolStatus, data analytics and communication technology today announced that the SchoolStatus suite was named a 2020 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Collaborative Community Solution for Educators category. Award finalists represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector.
As COVID-19 has closed many schools across the country, we stand in awe of the dedication shown by our partner teachers, administrators, and staff. Specifically, even though schools are technically closed, we’re seeing communications at 300% of typical levels. That says a lot about your dedication to your students.
Katharine Greene, a middle school English teacher from AHLF Junior High School in Searcy, Arkansas is familiar with one historical battle fought by teachers and students across the world: that is the epic battle of homework. Teachers everywhere assign work with optimistic expectations, only to be met the next day with empty hands!
Communicating with parents should be easy, but educators everywhere experience hangups with their communication tools.
That’s because we have different goals for communicating with parents each time we reach out.
Advice for K-12 Administrators
Educators generally agree that parental involvement is great for students. When parents and schools work together, students have a greater opportunity to excel in both their home and school lives. However, working with parents isn’t always so simple.