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Posted on November 6, 2023 5:24 pm
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Caught in the crossfire of seperated parents
This is not a real situation, just something I've been wondering.
What is the best course of action when the parents of a student are contacting you and telling you two separate things, getting you involved in their conflict? How do you stay out of it while also involving them both in their child's academics?
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Posted November 25, 2023 8:08 pm

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I've had to deal with this also. I usually add them both to the class remind app or class email list and send out the same information to both of them. It's nearly impossible to make copies of everything for both parents so I usually just send home assignments in the binder at the end of the day. However, for holiday crafts, if I have time I try to make two (especially around Christmas time with pictures or handprints of the child). This is a sticky issue but the principal and VP usually have been through the worst kinds of divorced situations with students so they would be a great resource in navigating things. I would just teach to the student's ability and needs, not worry too much about what the parents are saying if they are two different things. Usually, the student will tell you the truth without you even asking.
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