Contact Information?

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Fri, 10-16-2009 - 12:06pm

My students are having a big discussion about feedback, questions and concerns from parents. I tell them not to give out personal info such as home phone, cell phone and personal e-mail. I believe contacts should be through school channels to protect privacy and give a teacher some time for family. I don't believe in unlisted phone numbers but I don't think you encourage them to call you at home whenever they want. I

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Fri, 10-16-2009 - 5:22pm
I absolutely do NOT give out my home number for any reason. I had a homebound girl ask for it in case she had questions, but I gave her my school email and school phone number, and told her to contact me that way. I love using email to contact parents, but if they call me, I always return the call ASAP from school. I never call them with my cell because of caller ID. We also have unlisted number. My home life is just that.
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Sat, 10-17-2009 - 1:29am

I work at a private school, and my son is a student there. We publish a school directory that is given out to parents. I have my home number listed in there for my son. Nobody I would consider a friend calls my home number. Ever. So, if the home number rings, it is usually a solicitation, and once or twice, it has been a parent in the 7 years I've worked at this school. I just don't answer that phone. Period. They can leave a message.

I have given my parents my home email (well, one of the 5 emails I use!) because sometimes I am unable to access my school email from home. In case of an emergency, I want them to be able to get through to me. I don't think I've gotten a single email at my home email that was not necessary.

As far as Facebook, etc. I do NOT 'friend' parents on FB. That is where I draw the line.
 
 




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Sat, 10-17-2009 - 10:19am
Oh, and I just don't Facebook or Twitter or any of that anyway.
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Thu, 10-22-2009 - 1:05pm

We have this discussion at school a lot - especially about Facebook. Teaching in the high school most all our students are on FB...so are the teachers. Often we get "friend" requests from the students as well as from former students that have now graduated.

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Thu, 10-22-2009 - 8:35pm
I like your policy. My policy is stay low and avoid problerms. If you put yourself out there too much someone will find a reason to take a shot at you. That's especially true with Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
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Sun, 11-08-2009 - 12:51am

I use my school email and the school phone number. I will call on my cell phone if I'm waiting for a parent to pick a student up after school and it was my activity that they were staying late for. So far, no one has called me back on it. I used to call parents from my home number at night, but then I had a wacko parent save my number and call me when she was having an "episode", so I don't call from home anymore. Oh, and we are unlisted, since we are the only people in our city with our last name.\

I won't friend them on facebook, most of the teachers in our building won't, because of being able to read what's on someone else's wall. I do have one "friend" who is a real-life friend of my sister, and her daughter attends my school.

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Fri, 11-13-2009 - 7:39am

This is where I see so many new teachers get themselves into so much trouble. I wish a former colleague could read this and understand what a tenuous position she's put herself in by not heeding this sort of advice.

We have an unpublished phone number, not because of students or parents but because of other issues. I don't give out our home number except to co-workers who need it for the emergency/snow calling tree. Our home address is a little more difficult to mask. We live in a town of 1500 people so it's easy for students to know where we live.

I use Facebook multiple times a day after school hours but I absolutely refuse to add current students. I have a couple of colleagues who do, but their classes tend to draw the best of our student population and they aren't people who would enter into an inappropriate situation with students. One of them uses it frequently to keep in contact with students who have participated with her in People to People. I do have, however, several former students who have added me as friends after they have graduated. I have also allowed parents of former students and the parent of one current student to add me because they are good friends of ours and because I know for a fact that I can trust them.

I'm also diligent about what I post on my status. It's just common sense that you don't post things about being on vacation for a certain amount of days or if you think your boss is a ____________ (yes, I've seen a co-worker who friended me on Facebook write such a statement!). There are reports every year of teachers who face administrative reprimand for things they post on social networking sites. You would think people who heed the example and err on the side of caution. Most of my posts are vague or only germane to my family.


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Sat, 11-14-2009 - 4:30pm

I have a seperate e-mail account for parents and work-related matters.

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