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.

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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.

Share your comments below.

  • Some schools actually supply email addresses. It is up to them when they read and respond to them. It is one way of parents notfiying the school of emergency situations sometimes, especially when the school is busy and the landline is constantly engaged.


  • I am shocked! There is an unwritten code and etiquette about not contacting people before or after certain hours. Everyone deserves their own time and there are 24 hour conveniences; however, people should not be one of them! I would not dream of doing this and trivial matters are indeed trivial.


  • The parents should have more respect for teacher’s privacy.


  • Poor teachers schools need to have a school mobile that’s provided to teachers for excursions etc and turned off at other times so this sort of thing doesn’t happen.


  • I use the teacher email address for my 8 year old to communicate about her well being and appointments and advice of her psychologist. I also catch up with the teacher once a week and when I can leave it till then, I will.


  • School teachers don’t get paid enough to be answering to parents 24/7.


  • At my son’s school parents have access only at the school office landline and teachers work email adresses.This is obviously the best way.


  • I really feel sorry for teachers. They have a difficult job that keeps getting worse.


  • Gosh what is the world coming too. At my daughter’s school they have a school app for those sort of things. Teachers and parents communicate when its necessary..some parents need to grow up.


  • I think it’s just part of the job now. As a teacher I get emails and messages 24/7.

    • Respect to you for being a teacher! It is a different world with technology being so readily available; however a teacher should not be expected to respond to a 24 hotline! As a teacher you deserve and need your own time. :)


  • In my idea teachers should not give their phone number to parents! In case of an excursion there should be a school mobile phone, that’s it. And I wouldn’t expect teachers to read emails after school hours.


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