FILE:  IHAD

Cf:  IHAD-R, JBE, JD

Cf:  JDD, JDE

 

PARENT CONFERENCES

 

 

The Richland Parish School Board realizes that close communication between home and school is an important factor in establishing a highly effective school program.  Planned conferences between parents and teachers are an important way to bring about understanding and close cooperation between the home and school.  Close communication should be maintained through conferences with all parents, not just with those where academic or other problems suggest the need for closer communication.

 

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

 

At least two (2) parent-teacher conferences shall be scheduled by teachers during the first semester of each school year.  At least one (1) parent or guardian of the child shall attend or participate in at least one (1) of the scheduled parent-teacher conferences.  A teacher need not require a parent or guardian to attend a conference if the conference would be unnecessary due to the student’s academic record.  Other conferences may be scheduled as the need arises.

 

If a middle school or high school student has more than one teacher, the parent or guardian may participate in the conference by conference call.

 

The School Board shall direct the Superintendent to establish regulations regarding the failure of the parent or guardian to attend at least one (1) of the scheduled parent-teacher conferences.  Said regulations shall not include any negative action against the student as a result of the parents/guardians not attending the required parent-teacher conference.

 

The principal or supervisor should be present at any parent-teacher conference when there is reason to anticipate an atmosphere of hostility.

 

DISCIPLINARY CONFERENCES

 

Parents may be required to attend a conference with their student's teacher/ principal/guidance counselor under the following circumstances:

 

  1. When a pupil is removed from a classroom by the teacher, the teacher may require that the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of the pupil have a conference with the teacher in the presence of the principal or his/her designee before the pupil is readmitted to the classroom.

  2. Upon the third removal from the same classroom during the school year, a conference between the teacher or other appropriate school employee and the pupil's parent, tutor, or legal guardian shall be required prior to the pupil being readmitted to the classroom.

  3. In any case where a teacher, principal, or other school employee requires the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of a pupil under eighteen (18) to attend a conference or meeting regarding the pupil's behavior, and, after notice, the parent, tutor, or legal guardian willfully refuses to attend, the principal or designee shall file a complaint with a court exercising juvenile jurisdiction.

  4. Subsequent to the suspension or recommendation for expulsion of a student, a conference shall be scheduled with the student's parent, tutor, or legal guardian and the principal, as a requirement for readmitting the student to school.  Notification of the conference shall be by telephone, or in certain cases, by certified letter.  Such conference shall be held within five (5) school days of mailing the certified letter or other contact.  On not more than one occasion each school year when the parent, tutor, or legal guardian refuses to respond, the principal may determine whether readmitting the pupil is in the best interest of the student.  On any subsequent occasions in the same school year, the pupil shall not be readmitted unless the parent, tutor, legal guardian, court, or other appointed representative responds.

  5. When a pupil is suspended a second time within one school year, the principal may require that a counseling session be held with the parent, pupil, and the school counselor.  If no counselor is available, the principal may require a conference between the parent, pupil and all the pupil's teachers and the principal or other administrator.

  6. Upon a student’s third unexcused absence or unexcused tardy, the principal or his/her designee shall notify the parent or legal guardian in writing and shall hold a conference with the parent or legal guardian.  The parent or legal guardian shall sign a receipt acknowledging notification.  Tardy, for the purposes of this enumerated item, shall be as defined in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:233.

 

New Policy:  November 11, 2008

Revised:  January 8, 2013

 

 

Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:233, 17:406.7, 17:416

La. Children's Code, Art. 730, 731

Board minutes, 11-11-08, 1-8-13

 

Richland Parish School Board