It’s been proven that parent engagement in their child’s education creates positive academic and social-emotional effects. When COVID-19 prompted school closures across the world, diligent family involvement became critical to students’ social, emotional, and academic well-being.

At Galena Park Independent School District (ISD) near Houston, we recognize the importance and value of consistent communication between home and school. To ensure that students and their families have the support they need, we encouraged proactive communication and provided guidance for teachers to stay connected when the pandemic struck in March 2020.

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As the 2020-21 school year approaches, I’d like to offer the following tips to support communication between home and school.

1. Evaluate needs

To create a sustainable communication plan, you’ll need to collaborate with your district community to identify what families need and how you can offer support. School culture should guide how and when you correspond with families, and your communication strategy needs to reflect this.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Lalor has worked her entire career in Galena Park ISD., a school district on the east side of Houston, Texas. She started as a math teacher and has served as an assistant principal, principal, and in various roles at central office. She is currently the Deputy Superintendent for Educational Support &School Administration. Galena Park ISD serves approximately 23,000 students; 86% are Economically Disadvantaged and 33% are English Language Learners.

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