Watkins Mill Elementary School
Home School Communication Guide
Parents often ask how they can best communicate their questions or concerns to their child's teacher. While individual teachers may have their own preferences, which they will share with parents, the following guidelines should help you to reach the appropriate staff member in the timeliest manner.
Changes in schedule and bus plans
Any variation from your child's daily routine requires a note from home, addressed to the teacher. Please do not email teachers regarding the schedule changes. Teachers often do not have the opportunity to check email mid-day and cannot ensure that your message will be received. We realize that emergencies arise, but please avoid emailing or calling the office before school or during the school day to report a change in dismissal plans. Last year we had an inordinate amount of phone calls and emails before and during the school day regarding a change in plans. If your child will be riding a different bus, he/she must have a note. Thank you for your cooperation.
Questions or concerns about homework
Teachers may not have access to their email after 4:00 p.m., so we recommend that if you have a question about what homework has been assigned, please check the teacher's webpage or contact another parent. If you have concerns about your child's ability to do the homework assigned, you should email those concerns to the teacher, who may set up a telephone call or meeting, if warranted, or reply by email, if a simple reply is more appropriate.
Concerns about safety, discipline, or social issues
Unless a situation requires immediate intervention by the principal, contact the staff members involved first, letting them know of your concern and giving them the opportunity to follow up and problem solve. If you would like to request a meeting or telephone call to discuss the problem, you can arrange it via email. When necessary, that staff member will initiate and facilitate communication with other staff members (i.e. principal, guidance counselor, lunch/recess aide) to resolve situations.
Concerns or questions about your child's academic performance
If you have questions or concerns about your child's academic performance, we encourage you to reach out to the teacher via email, and briefly describe your concerns. If the teacher cannot respond with a simple email reply, and a discussion is warranted, the teacher will arrange a phone call or meeting with you.