Parents and teachers at John Gray High School are now using “Virtual progress sessions” which allows teachers to constantly communicate with parents using WhatsApp, email and other communication apps.
The aim is to fill parents in on class-room attendance, behaviour and overall progress in their child’s classes whenever they want.
It’s a part of a future initiative by the Ministry of Education which will give parents a user name and password to directly communicate with teachers while finding out information on upcoming assignments without having to ask their child.
John Gray’s Principal Jon Clark said using social media for progress reports will hopefully win back some parents.
“We’re not reaching as many parents as we want to so we just opened up a bit of a new technology and we’re just trying to open up channels that communicate in a virtual progress evening as I’m calling them for staff and for parents could be as simple as just the teacher making email contact with the parent having concerns about progress,” Mr. Clark explained.
The principal said reports have shown 40% of parents are not present at reporting sessions and said the virtual progress sessions will not replace the traditional teacher-parent sit-down.