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As teachers, do you text parents?
Old 11-07-2017, 03:21 PM
 
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My cousin just posted a screenshot of a text exchange with her daughter's teacher. In a nut shell, her daughter was recently diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. The teacher texted mom to let her know that she kept asking to test her blood. Mom texted her back that it was low after school. The teacher's response was this...

Oh my gosh!!! I'm so sorry!! I completely forgot about the nurse!! I'm learning slowly, but I'll get it!! She ask (sic) everyday for a sucker, so I have a hard time knowing.

So, my cousin is upset because they have a health plan in place that isn't being followed. I got stuck on the whole texting thing. I have only texted a parent once, and it was an unusual situation. I don't want parents to have my personal number. I'm also a little shocked at the text itself. What gives with all the exclamation points? It looks like a teenager is texting her. Ugh!


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Old 11-07-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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I text with parents and students, but I use Google Voice. That way I get the messages to my phone, but they don't have my real number. I can also turn notifications off for it at night, but keep my phone on.
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It was a junky, Virgin Mobile burner phone that I only use for people I didn't want having my other number.

It was cheap enough to keep the crazies at bay and happy at the same time.
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I didn't even think about Google Voice for texting! That's not a bad idea.
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No, just email
Old 11-07-2017, 03:50 PM
 
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Since most people have email on their phone, it's just as quick without being invasive.

I would not text with parents.


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Old 11-07-2017, 03:51 PM
 
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I do. I started a few years ago and itís honestly been one of the best things. Itís so much easier to send a quick text and parents always comment on how much easier it is as well.
Many teachers at my school do the same and I havenít ever heard of a parent abusing it.
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Old 11-07-2017, 03:56 PM
 
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No way, no how, not going to happen. Thatís why I have Remind.
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:07 PM
 
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I usually use SeeSaw or email but I have texted parents when we've been on a class trip or at a track and field meet. If there is a behaviour concern or other problem I use email or I call from the school phone.
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Short answer is no I don't. However, I wonder if anyone knows the answer to this question. We have been told by admin and the union to never take pictures of the kids on our private cell phones because then the entire phone can be subject to search, if they think they have a reason. Would that apply to texts on a personal phone, also?
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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I really don't think we are doing anyone any favors having such close, immediate contact.

That said I don't use my personal phone for phone calls or for work emails. I would never text.

Last year we were on a field trip that got cancelled after we arrived. I had parents make phone calls to other parents because I am not using my phone for it. It was that or the office was going to call.

I don't even have the p's number in my phone to text. I am not available 24/7.


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Yes, which is why I donít text. I donít even have Remind on my phone. I use the computer or my school issued device. At least that is what we have been told, that anything regarding students is subject to open records including the device.
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No.
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I tried to use Remind, two parents signed up. Most of our families don't have reliable cell phone numbers, or no cell/internet at all.

I would never use my own phone to call or text.

My son's teacher uses Remind daily, I love it. I email her if I need to contact her.
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Old 11-07-2017, 04:45 PM
 
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I have a few parents who I knew prior to being their child's teacher, so they had my number for other reasons. I've texted them a few times. It's actually very convenient, but I wouldn't want all of my parents to have my personal number. However, my partner sets up all of our home visits in the summer and always uses her cell phone and she's never had anyone abuse it, so it would probably be fine.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:09 PM
 
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In cases like this, I don't see why not but shouldn't the admin be kept in the loop as well? This would be the same as communicating with a parent if there is a classroom phone that connects with an outside line.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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I rarely give my phone number to parents. I did to the parents when I did homebound because they needed to call me to let me know to not come when their children were sick or had appointments. I have had a few others that I did give my number to that I knew would not take advantage. I have one parent that I gave my number to when I started the long term sub job in October. She is not one to take advantage. Another parent wants my number, but I told her that I check my emails frequently or she could call the school and leave a message and I would get that through my email. She writes notes every day that I answer. She is a really nice and caring woman, but lacks social graces at times and appears to have some type of learning disability. She rambles in her notes. I don't need rambling and frequent texts.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:31 PM
 
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I used to text all the time and never had a problem. Now I use Class Dojo and message that way. I like being able to contact parents and have parents contact me quickly and easily. I think it solves a lot of small issues before they become bigger ones.
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Old 11-07-2017, 05:53 PM
 
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I use Class DOJO to communicate with parents. I never text or use my personal phone. It helps me have balance between school and home. My district request that teacher not use their personal phones.
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Old 11-07-2017, 07:07 PM
 
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I use dojo but I have it on my phone so it's kind of like texting? But people don't actually have my number. I do kind of like it because I can easily send a quick reminder or answer an easy question quickly and without being as formal as an email. I am careful because I'm young so I don't want people to get the wrong impression. Like the communication is too casual or something.
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Not only do I text parents, my phone number is on my school web page. I text with parents literally every day. No one has ever abused it. I also teach K, so parents need more hand holding than perhaps in upper grades. I actually scheduled all but one conference via text yesterday. Easy peasy.
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I text with parents all the time. It is my preferred method of communication.
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Old 11-08-2017, 02:43 AM
 
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We use Remind, so it's on my cell . I use it rarely to text. But it is handy if needed. I have one parent who now wishes weekly communication, so it will be a text to her on Remind.
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Old 11-08-2017, 05:28 AM
 
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If I was given a work cell phone I would text .For the legal reasons stated in previous posts I do not use my personal phone.
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We have been told by admin and the union to never take pictures of the kids on our private cell phones because then the entire phone can be subject to search, if they think they have a reason. Would that apply to texts on a personal phone, also?
Let 'em search. All they would find is stuff like: "Sally is going on the day care bus today," or "When is the field trip?"
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Personally, I HATE talking on the phone. I tell parents that they can text me between 7am-9am or 4pm-6pm or expect a reply within 24 hours.
The same applies to email. I've never had a problem. I have bad anxiety about talking on the phone so I'd much rather text. I have never had a parent abuse this privilege. I also make my email available for longer messages. I explain on back to school nigh that texts should be kept to short messages like "can you remind me what day the Halloween party is?", and emails and calls should be for longer conversations and or/concerns.
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I would never give any parent my personal cell phone number, nor would I text them. There certainly are other options out there in which to communicate with them.
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There certainly are other options out there in which to communicate with them.
I agree. But none as convenient for me. We gotta do what works for us, right?
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Bloomz is everything and more, and one of the best functions is messaging. I love it!
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Last year I texted with a parent only because she was a staff member at our school as well. The texting got out of hand sometimes though...constantly asking for help with the homework and other school questions.

This year, I gave my number to a parent who told me her daughter was moving and she wanted to talk about the transition. I gave the parent my cell so we could talk when I got home from school. I told her when I was available and she called me at 6:15AM! I couldn't believe it. Her daughter isn't moving for two months...

The second scenario taught me a lesson and I will never, ever give out my personal phone number again. My gmail connects right to my phone so I can get a notification immediately. I almost always respond right away, it's just easier for me, so it's basically texting without privacy issue.

With that being said, I can't believe this teacher FORGOT a health plan, especially with something serious like diabetes. I wouldn't have told her that I forgot in writing. I mean, I'm sure it happens but respond professionally!
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Recently we were told at our school not to use our personal cell phones or personal email accounts to communicate with parents as they can be subject to search if a lawsuit should be lodged against the school. Also, we were told not to name students in emails - due to lawsuits.
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We have been told to only use school issued cameras or ipads to take pictures for the same reason you said. We have also been told that if we have our email on our phone then it could be subject to search if reason. Therefore, we have deleted our email and just log in from the county website on our phone. I would think text would cause your phones to be searched if someone knew you texted parents from your personal phone. That is my opinion.
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I think in your cousin's daughter's situation, it's a good thing.

What's bad is the teacher who doesn't seem to be able to handle a student with Type I.
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