SCHOOL Principal’s have had enough of parents bombarding teachers with phone calls, emails and text messages after school hours.
Private school principals cop it worst, according to The Daily Telegraph some receive 250 emails a day complaining about things as trivial as lost umbrellas.
But government schools are also feeling the strain and one public school principal has written to parents directing them to stop texting her teachers’ personal mobile numbers.
“On rare occasions, teachers will make calls to parents from their private mobile phones. From an excursion is a good example of this,” she wrote.
“Will you please delete the phone number when the need is past please?
“I have had reported to me examples of parents saving the contact and using it to call the teacher to advise of student absences, for example or to ask about information that has been previously provided on school bytes or hard copy.”
The NSW Teachers Federation’s official advice to teachers is to take a school/workplace mobile on excursions to stop parents getting the number.
“Avoid giving your personal email address or mobile phone number to students or parents/guardians or storing their contact details.”
We recently shared a message from a private school principal who told parents they need to ‘chill’ and stop treating teachers like their servants. Read that here.
Can I just add here that I am a total shocker for finally remembering to send an email or text (text to friends not teacher) late at night.
It certainly DOES NOT mean I expect a reply straight away. I really don’t expect a response for a day or two later to be honest.
I have been struggling more with the messages I receive from teachers via the school apps that come quite frequently. In the end they really start to get on top of you after a while.
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