DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) A rough first meeting for Dothan City Schools parent involvement specialists as only one parent showed up for workshops held today.
For parents without vehicles getting to schools to meet with teachers and staff can be tough, but this team is relieving parents of those transportation worries.
What we're trying to do is get more parents involved and so part of what we're doing is coming out into the community and meeting the parents where they are,” says parent involvement specialist Gina Riley.
The informative workshops are being held at public housing community centers to ensure parents are informed and up to date on what's going on.
“Sometimes we think we're doing a good job with that at the school, but parents don't see it that way and so we wanted to talk to parents about how we can do a better job of communicating,” says Riley.
They need parents to be team players and do the same in return.
“We need parents to communicate to the school we need to know when your phone number changes or when you move so the school is updated and we can get in touch with you,” says Riley.
When schools and parents aren't on the same page the success of a student is jeopardized.
It’s not uncommon to see posts from upset parents online.
“Rather than going on social media and blasting about it come to school and talk with us and meet with us and let's try to solve the problem rather than just talking about it,” says Riley.
At future meetings, specialists plan to discuss topics such as healthy attendance.
“Kids need to be at school on time and we deal with a lot of parents that are bringing their child in late or at the high school where they're just arriving at school late driving themselves. In order for your child to be successful, they need to be at school every day and they need to be on time,” says Riley.
They also want to remind parents that their presence in the school is desired.
“We want these parents to be at school. We want them to feel comfortable. We want them to know they can come in. They can help out. They can volunteer. Besides coming to eat lunch with your child there are lots of things parents can do in our schools,” says Riley.
New this year, parents that wish to volunteer at a school must undergo a background check.
The next meetings are will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. at McRae homes and then at 1 p.m. at Martin Homes.