Sometimes a quick call will do. But when there’s a special problem or need, a letter can be better. Letters give you and the school staff a record of concerns and ideas.
Writing a letter also gives you time to collect your thoughts. You can have someone review it and make suggestions.
Whenever you write a letter to the school, keep it short and to the point. Ask yourself the following questions and answer them in your letter:
• Why am I writing this?
• What are my specific concerns?
• What questions do I have?
• What do I want the person I’m writing to to do about this situation?
• What kind of response do I want—a letter, meeting, phone call or something else?
Be sure to date the letter. List your child’s name and class placement. Include an address and daytime phone where you can be reached.
If you don’t hear from the school within 10 working days, call. See if they received the letter. Politely, ask when you can expect an answer.
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