Teachers' assocation not in favour of eliminating evening parent interviews
The Cowichan Valley Teachers' Association is concerned about changes to parent-teacher interviews being proposed by School District 79.
The CVTA says teachers in the valley have been informed by the district of tentative plans that could eliminate evening parent-teacher interviews beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
"Teachers enjoy evening parent teacher interviews, as parents are an integral part of their child's education and the role they play in enhancing the communication between home and school,'' noted CVTA president Naomi Nilsson in a news release.
The 5 1/2-hour long evening interviews that permit parents at least 10 minutes with their child's teacher would be reduced to a shorter period under the proposed changes, the CVTA maintains.
The consultation period would instead be scheduled in a two-hour block after lunchtime and at the end of the dismissal bell. Using a class of 30 as an example, the CVTA indicates this change would allow parents, students and teacher only about four minutes per interview.
The proposal is being submitted to the public for feedback. Opinions can be voiced at the regular board meeting on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cowichan Secondary School cafeteria.