1st Quarter Grades – Part 3

Parents Rights and Responsibilities

In Parts I & II, we have been discussing ways parents can stay on top of their child’s performance in school.  In this Part 3, we will be discussing Parents Rights and Responsibilities.

Let’s start with some fundamental rights.  As parents, you have the right always to visit your child’s school.  You can check-in at the Main Office and obtain a visitor’s pass.  Checking-in will allow you to sit in your child’s classroom and follow their schedule.  You might check in advance with the Main Office to see if they are on a unique schedule or have an assembly or other event that day.  Visiting on days when the schedule isn’t “normal” is not a good day because it doesn’t take much of a change in routine to get kids excited.

When you visit the classroom, notice the daily schedule, the subjects taught, and the topics included.   Talk with the teacher directly and ask for a basic road map of what they plan to teach when.  They should be able to provide that for you and when they expect to cover different topics.

You can be as involved in your child’s education as you are willing to take the time to do so.  Regarding responsibilities, and as an educator, I would encourage all parents to keep track of grades, homework, attendance, read all communication from the school and classroom.  That includes fliers, pamphlets, newsletters, emails, meeting dates, school and district dates, school accountability meeting dates, and parent support meetings; all of them are vitally important.  It takes time to stay abreast of everything, but you have only one chance to help prepare your child for a great future, so by taking time now, you avoid future stress and disappointment in the future.

1st Quarter Grades – Part 2 can be found here, 1st Quarter Grades – Part 2 – Dr. Rich Patterson (pattersonphd.com)

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Yours for better parenting,