Parents Versus Teachers: It Doesn't Have to Be This Way

On March 12, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan announced that schools would be closed for two weeks. Two weeks came and there was another announcement saying schools were going to be closed until April 24, 2020. This is a day no one would have thought would happen. Parents working from home, kids logging on computers to meet with their teachers virtually and everything is up in the air about what will happen next.

Is this the new norm?

It took a while for my son’s school district to get things in order for online learning and I get it. No one saw this day coming, but my question is, why didn’t every school in the United States already have a plan put in place for a pandemic? If corporations have an emergency continuity plan, why didn’t these schools have it? I’m just going to vent a moment and then get back to my topic at hand.

During the second week that schools were out, I reached out to my son teachers (four of them) asking about his grades and work. Just before schools were closed, they had received their interim report and I didn’t like his grades. He was working with his teachers to bring his C to a B. Then of course, all hell broke loose. When I reached out to his teachers only one responded with a plan to work with us on how we can get his grade up. The other three teachers didn’t say anything. I eventually had to reach out to the principal requesting for assistance and she never responded. Finally, after two weeks of asking for a response, one teacher finally responds to my email to only tell me that she has been busy and they’re not grading work at this time.

Let me go back to the topic at hand, the new norm. Parents are frustrated with everything. This virus is no one’s fault, but I really hope that schools take this and learn a major lesson in emergency planning. I saw a post from a parent that stated, she was giving up with online learning. I totally get it because the teachers that I have had to deal with are no help. Then you have the teachers that’s staying on top of things while communicating with the parents. I wish my son teachers understand as parent’s we’re going through the same thing they are going through. We have to work from home. The house still has to be cleaned, meals have to be prepared, bills have to be paid and through all of this, I shouldn’t have to fight with a teacher just to respond to my email.

If my son was sitting in his classroom right now and he was doing something he wasn’t supposed to be doing, my phone would have been ringing or I would have received an email alert. Why can’t that same sense of urgency be demonstrated during a crisis? I know there are so many parents out there that may be dealing with the same thing. I feel your pain, but I’m not going to allow them to shut me out when my son’s education is involved. Speak your truth and let them know the lack of communication is not cool. Hopefully in my next blog I will have an update for you from his teacher that told me she was busy.

This summer I have decided to help parents out. I will be hosting a virtual writing summer camp. This camp is for ages 8-17 years of age. We will meet once a week for 60 minutes. This will give the parents some type of relief. During our meeting time, I will be teaching the kids how to write a book. If the students participate for the full six weeks, they will have the option to publish their book in the end. I would love to have your child on board. The best thing about this is, it’s only $25.00 per class. What’s next? Secure their spot with a $25.00 deposit by visiting us here

Leslie Crawford

The Literacy Fixer

When Children Write

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