In days of social media and instant information, parents have more lines of communication than ever with schools. However, parents still desire to have a formal communication from school. For the past year, we have sent a weekly bulletin to parents. It has included student announcements, messages directly to parents, data about attendance, messages from the principals, and weekly schedule of events.
We are constantly seeking ways to improve our communication. This spring, our parent teacher conferences focused on communication. First, we built communicated the reason for the changes. With online grades, weekly grade reports emailed, and parent-teacher email communication, many parents did not feel the need to attend conferences.
Ryan Dumkrieger is the principal of Sioux City North High School.