Change Classes Requests

Change Classes Requests
Posted on 07/27/2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we begin the 2021-2022 school year,  we would like to touch on one of the most common requests of a parent to the administrative team in the first few weeks of school. This request is "I want my child's classroom changed." With that being said, we would like to inform you of the process for classroom placements.

Preparing classroom rosters is a collaborative effort amongst all staff members and administrators in the building. This process begins in the spring and can take several weeks and go well into the summer. Many factors go into creating a classroom roster. The personality of the student and teacher, how many students are receiving exceptional services, numbers of students who are being pulled out for small group intervention, how many boys and girls are in the class, the academic levels of the students (don't want all of the low performing students in one class), which kids had a tough time getting along with specific students the previous year, and at times, which kids socialize more when they're around specific students. Again, this process can take several weeks to complete.

Therefore, when you make a request, not only does this affect your child and the teacher's classroom they're moving to, but it also affects the schedule of so many other students receiving services, the schedule of the support teachers providing interventions for your child and others, it affects the culture of the classroom, and may affect the teacher's schedule itself.

In conclusion, we always suggest for parents to do a few things before requesting for their child's teacher to be changed.

- Meet with the teacher with an open mind to voice your concern. Be very specific.

- Understand that in elementary school we're preparing children to be able to adapt to multiple teachers with multiple personalities. This is what they'll see in middle school. This is excellent for the social development of the child.

- Establish a communication plan with the teacher in regards to providing updates on the area of concern.

Most importantly, understand that we have the same goal and that is for your child to receive a world-class education, in a safe and nurturing environment, and for them to reach their full potential.

Thank you for your understanding as we are doing our best to provide the best education for all of our students!

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