During Distance Learning, every student has an adult at school who is asked to check in with them once a week.
This fall we advised that elementary school staff should get permission from parents/guardians prior to setting up meetings/conversations with individual students and that secondary schools should attempt to get permission. The idea was to make sure that families knew their children were going to be communicated with one on one.
Recently we have received questions about situations where staff feel it would be inappropriate to ask for permission—situations that might involve CPS or a student’s mental health, when normally, we would not ask a parent for permission.
Those rules apply even in this not-normal time. In situations where you would not normally seek permission, you should not do so. However, you must maintain the same record-keeping as in normal times—whether filing the CPS report or using counselor notes to track a student’s wellbeing. If you feel that a student may need an individual conversation, please follow your school’s normal process, including who makes the contact as well as how it is recorded.
What to do if parents or family members are not observing the family expectations: