|"True interactivity is not about clicking on icons or downloading files, it's about encouraging communication."
- Edwin Schlossberg
Communication as we know it has certainly changed over the past few decades. Nowhere is that more evident than here in the Mount Laurel Schools, where the mainstay of our relationship with the families we serve is our ability to communicate effectively. Members of the Mount Laurel Board of Education and Administration have been extremely progressive in embracing electronic communication tools such as the Web, Facebook, Twitter, electronic newsletters and automatic text-messaging. They are tools that help us stay connected throughout each school day and build trust that we can reach each other at all times if necessary.
But any educator will tell you there is no substitute for parental contact with those who are most directly guiding your children through their educational day. Parent conferences, notes from home when something unusual is occurring, phone calls directly to teachers when questions arise and personal visits during school events all help to strengthen the wall of support around your child in school. School newsletters and Parent-Teacher Organizations keep you apprised of the many opportunities to share in your child's day.
Your questions and concerns are extremely important to us, and sharing may lead to better understanding. Questions stemming from the classroom should be brought to the teacher, and then to the principal if resolution is not forthcoming or further discussion is warranted. Board policy establishes a process whereby decisions made at the school level may be brought to the Superintendent for appeal, and to the Board of Education as a final resort.