How to Communicate With Parents During COVID-19: Less Jargon, More Grace

It’s easy for principals and school leaders to feel discouraged when trying to communicate with parents during any school year, but communicating with parents during the COVID-19 pandemic is especially challenging. When students must learn remotely part-time or full-time, we depend on parents to help keep them on track with the curriculum. Here are some tips for communicating with parents during this pandemic: 1. Let parents know exactly what to expect. The state of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve,…

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How School Leaders Should Communicate With Families About Reopening Schools

Due to the novelty of COVID-19, families and educators have received heaps of new information and recommendations every day as researchers continue to learn more about the virus. Unfortunately, nothing about the 2020-2021 school year will be simple as we work to nourish students’ mental, physical, and emotional health in a continuously changing climate. Here is some advice for your communications with parents about the upcoming school year: 1. Be honest about the fluid nature of the situation. Although you…

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How to Build a “Back to School Toolkit” for Parents (Part 2 of 2)

Last week on our blog, we discussed the new challenges COVID-19 has placed on school leaders as we enter the back-to-school season. Normally, school leaders can send out a simple back-to-school letter welcoming families back to the classroom, with concise guidelines and tips for academic success. This year, however, we must provide a more robust “Back to School Toolkit” to help families understand new requirements to keep students and teachers safe. Last week, we posted the first three steps for…

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How to Build a “Back to School Toolkit” for Parents (Part 1 of 2)

In a normal school year, writing a back-to-school letter for parents can be pretty straightforward. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reimagine the 2020-2021 school year, and we must provide much more information than usual to help parents understand how the new school year will look. There may be too much information to fit in one letter without overwhelming parents, so it may be helpful for your school leaders to create a “Back to School Toolkit” instead this…

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