In case you were wondering . . . Talking to the school is the best way to get things done!
Despite all good intentions, sometimes things happen at school that need to be dealt with and parents have to get involved. The best way to get issues and concerns addressed is to go to through this process:
1. Talk to the teacher first. You can call, email, or come in. Let the teacher know what’s going on. In many cases, the teacher will be grateful for your insight, and a plan for change will be created by working together.
2. If you don’t feel like this conversation helped, the next step is to talk to the principal. The principal will listen to your concerns, investigate more fully, and may set up a team meeting to make a plan for change. Sometimes other community supports are brought in to help (like bullying mediation from the RCMP, family services from Social Services and/or Youth Justice, medical support from doctors, etc.). Rest assured that your concern will be followed up and that the principal will let you know what actions took place.
3. If you still feel like your concern needs more attention, you are encouraged to contact the Superintendent. The Superintendent will involve everyone in coming up with solution. The DEA may be even involved in determining the best course of action. This is especially true if the action requires a change in policy.
In most cases, these actions result in a satisfactory solution for all parties. In really difficult situations, it may be that others need to be involved to make the changes (like political representatives).
Whatever the case, talking directly to the school is the best way to get things done.