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Term One Conferences Move Online

September 30, 2020

Now that online school is the norm, online conferences are as well. 

This Thursday, Oct. 1, marks the middle of term one and the first parent-teacher conference of the year.

As distance learning moves into its second month, scholars continue to adjust to the new way of learning. Parents will now have to adjust as well.  

Rather than going in to meet with teachers, parents will now have the option to meet with teachers over google meet or phone call. This is the second time teachers and parents will be required to have their meetings online rather than in-person, as this same adjustment was made last spring. Although completely optional, these conferences are an opportunity to bring parents and teachers together with the common goal of their scholars succeeding during distance learning. 

“Last spring we did conferences like this and in my 20+ years of teaching, I had the best conference day ever last year. I connected with more parents virtually than I ever did face to face, and had lots of good conversations which was definitely a plus I had noticed,” said Mr. Tim Amlie, career and technical education.

Despite not being able to meet in person, parent-teacher conferences will mostly consist of the same discussions as regular conferences, with the added part of adjustments to online schooling.

“It’s always so important we know our students and are able to talk about something positive because that always helps when you’re on the otherside when you’re like, okay, we need some improvement here,” said Amlie.

Term one conferences are just another large adjustment everyone will have to make. As the year progresses, students, teachers, and parents continue to adjust to school during COVID-19, for better or for worse. 

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