Concerned that parents otherwise might use eMail to harass teachers, officials at the exclusive Georgetown Day School (GDS) in Washington, D.C., have issued a code of conduct for parents to use when contacting teachers by computer.

"For matters of controversy, for matters of real distress, [eMail] is not a good device," said Peter Branch, head of GDS.

"When you've got a really serious matter that is upsetting the child or the parent, you should contact the teacher directly," Branch said. "A hostile eMail is only going to exacerbate the situation

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