NSW public school parents are being made to sign contracts to limit their contact with teachers.

It has been reported that staff complained about being inundated with emails, texts and phone calls.

A discussion on Sunrise Facebook page saw many people agree that parents should NOT have access to teachers private phone, email or address.

Many others agreed parents should just drop kids off and leave them to it, while others argued that parents need to be more involved but constant bombarding of the teachers is not the answer.

What do you think?

Share your comments below

  • I fully agree that parents shouldn’t have, nor do they need, private contact details for teachers. What happened to calling the school and booking a time for a parent teacher meeting if you have issues. Worked for us


  • There should be a school email or app (we use ClassDojo) that parents can contact teachers on, but not a private email or number. The primary school here says parents are welcome to discuss things anytime, usually needing to arrange an appointment if it’s more than a simple question. We can also use the message feature in the app, which also shows how your child is behaving at school.


  • No way! Private numbers and email addresses are private and should remain private.


  • It’s not necessary to have the teachers private contact details. They have lives beyond teaching your child. If there is a specific concerns usually this should be raised as soon as possible but through the correct avenues. Most teachers should find that it’s ok the have a quick chat here and there but no need to be inundating them.


  • My 8yr old daughter has a Reactive Attachment Disorder and one of the symptoms is severe kleptomania & lying. Her teacher last year and this year shared their email address with me. I only email in case of an incident or if she has an appointment with professionals.
    My 5 yr old has Down syndrome and is in a support class, her school is more restrictive and I can’t directly communicate with her teachers, which I think is not good. She goes to school per taxi, so I don’t see the teachers either.

    • With your 5-years old it would be really important for you to communicate with the teachers. I agree.


  • I know one parent who asked to speak to a teacher after the pupils walked out of the classroom. He was told to wait until parents night which was about a month later. The problem was only going to get worse by a month later. It was a learning issue and the parents wanted advice on how to help with that particular subject. They made a special appointment via the school principal and the teacher got nasty about it.


  • No parent should ever have a teachers private information. However that’s why all teachers have a school email that they check regularly.


  • I never had the phone number of any teacher. Just the email that I used just in case of absolute necessity. It sounds like a good idea to me.


  • My husband’s school stated that parents and students can’t make any email contact after a certain time in the evening. He used to get inundated with emails at 11pm! Yes, teachers have a duty to their students, and sometimes it carries through after school hours but they also have lives and families. So I agree with this. If it’s an important ongoing thing then that’s different, but if it’s something that can clearly wait until the next day, during school hours parents and students need to wait till then!


  • I agree that parents shouldn’t be having access to teachers personal contact details. If you need to speak to a teacher organise a meeting etc through the proper channels


  • Definitely don’t bombard the teachers, be involved going to sports carnivals, concerts, doing canteen duty and if you can’t read the news letter and contact them in appropriate way like parent teachers night

    • Exactly! Volunteer at school, make some relationships and see what goes on on the ground so you don’t have to contact the teachers so much


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