Carmel Clay Schools officially puts an end to scheduled parent teacher conference days

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By Amanda Foust

Carmel Clay Schools haven’t held scheduled parent teacher conference days for six years, and the school board voted Sept. 28 to take them out of district policy for good.

Since 2009 CCS educators have relied on improved technologies – email and websites for example – to communicate quickly with parents rather than losing school days to in-person meetings.

Angela Richards, who has kids at College Wood Elementary and Creekside Middle School, said she is happy with how communication has been handled in recent years.

“All of our teachers at CCS have been outstanding,” Richards said. “They all have websites and email weekly, and they make it very clear if you need to meet with them you can.”

Previously, teachers would lose two full days that could have been used for instruction to hold parent teacher conferences. Now, parents are welcome to meet with teachers on an as-needed basis.

“We don’t give a second thought to when a parent wants to meet. The answer is always yes without hesitation,” said Beth Whitaker, a fourth-grade teacher at Mohawk Trails Elementary. “We love working as a team with families and the constant communication aids in that immensely.”

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