Part of the new collective agreement for elementary school teachers, parent/teacher interviews will not be mandatory this fall. Meetings will only be held by the request of the teacher, specifically if the child is not meeting the standard. One mother from the Peel District received a form last week asking what time slot she wanted to schedule a parent/teacher conference but the school sent home this response: “As previously communicated to families, parent-teacher interviews will only be held if initiated by a teacher. As part of the tentative agreement between ETFO, OPSBA and the government, teachers will only conduct interviews related to Progress Reports if they have concerns about a student’s progress.”
Should interviews be done only at the request of teachers? Is it fair for parents to be discouraged from getting involved with their child’s education because the teacher said so?