What to do when there is a problem with the principal

by: The GreatSchools Editorial Team | Updated: June 12, 2023

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What to do when there is a problem with the principal

What makes a great school? Strong leadership is a key factor. In What Makes a Great Principal: An Audio Slide Show, you can read about the four characteristics that great principals have in common and listen to real stories from principals on the job.

How do you know if your principal is providing the kind of leadership that it takes to make a great school? Knowledge of these warning signs will help you to become aware, if there is a problem, and to take action.

Seven warning signs of a poor principal

If you notice any of the following signs, you may want to contact your superintendent:

  • The principal has no overall vision for the school. He doesn’t have a sense of what kind of school community he and the staff are trying to establish or what values the whole school should uphold.
  • There is no plan to address academic achievement and the schools’ test scores continue to decline. Although principals can’t take all the blame for declining test scores, they should have clear goals for school-wide academic improvement that they communicate to staff and students, and ways to measure improvement against the goals. They should include staff and parents in the goal-setting process.
  • The principal spends all her time in her office pushing papers. She delegates discipline decisions and dealing with parents to the school secretary. You never see her in classrooms or on the playground. She doesn’t know students’ names and doesn’t interact with them.
  • The principal is seldom there. She spends much of his time away from the school in meetings or at conferences.
  • The principal does not return your phone calls. If you have tried to contact her several times and she does not respond, you should be concerned. If you do make contact, but she doesn’t provide you with any possible solution, you have a problem.
  • The principal tells everyone what he or she wants to hear. She says “yes” to everyone but doesn’t take action.
  • The principal shows favoritism. It is obvious that certain teachers, students or parents have the ear of the principal but others do not.

When a parent should contact the principal

When you have a concern about your child’s academic achievement or discipline within the classroom, you should first contact your child’s teacher. If you are not satisfied with the teacher’s response, you should contact the principal. It is always better to try to work out problems with the teacher first. If you have a concern about a school-wide discipline problem or the school’s philosophy, you should contact the principal.

When a parent should contact the superintendent

If the principal does not return your phone calls or if you are dissatisfied with the response of the principal, then you should contact the superintendent. If you have concerns about the principal’s leadership abilities and you can clearly document those concerns, you should contact the superintendent. If several parents feel the same way, make an appointment as a group to visit the superintendent. There is always greater power in numbers!

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Letter Writing: To The Principal

Writing a letter to the principal of a school is a formal means of communication that requires attention to detail, politeness, and clarity. Whether you’re a student, parent, or teacher, the structure and tone of your letter should reflect respect and professionalism. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to write a letter to the principal.

Table of Contents

Understanding the Purpose

First, define the purpose of your letter. Are you addressing a concern, requesting information, seeking permission for something, or expressing gratitude? Knowing your aim will help you maintain focus and conciseness in your writing.

Gathering Necessary Information

Collect any information or documentation you need to include or refer to in your letter. This might include:

  • Relevant dates and times
  • Names of individuals involved
  • Specific details about the event or issue
  • Any previous communication on the matter

Structuring the Letter

Your letter should follow a standard formal letter format:

  • Sender’s Information : Start with your full name, address, and contact details.
  • Date : The date when you are writing the letter.
  • Principal’s Information : The principal’s name, the school’s name, and address.
  • Salutation : Use a respectful greeting like “Dear Principal [Last Name],”
  • Subject Line : A concise line summarizing the reason for writing (e.g., “Subject: Request for Meeting Regarding Academic Performance”).

Writing the Letter

Introduction.

Begin with a polite introduction stating the purpose of your letter, and if applicable, mention your relationship to the school (e.g., parent of a student, teacher, etc.):

“I am writing to you concerning…”

Main Content

In the body of the letter, include:

  • Clear Objective : State clearly what you hope to achieve with the letter.
  • Relevant Details : Provide any relevant details that will help the principal understand the situation.
  • Previous Steps Taken : If you’ve taken any steps to resolve the issue before escalating it to the principal, mention those here.
  • Your Request or Concern : Clearly express what you are asking for or what concern you wish to address.
  • Supporting Information : Include any additional information that supports your request or concern.

Keep your tone respectful and the content clear and concise.

Conclude with a statement that anticipates cooperation or expresses gratitude:

“I look forward to your response…”

“I appreciate your attention to this matter…”

Closing the Letter

End with a formal closing such as:

“Yours sincerely,”

“Respectfully,”

followed by your signature (if sending a hard copy) and typed name.

If you’re including any documents, mention them as enclosures.

Proofreading

Review your letter for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. Ensure all names and titles are spelled correctly.

To The Principal Letter Example #1

Dear Principal [Last Name],

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to bring to your attention a matter of concern regarding the school’s cafeteria facilities. As a student at [School Name], I believe that addressing this issue will greatly improve the overall experience for students and contribute to a healthier and more conducive learning environment.

Specifically, I have noticed that the cafeteria lacks a variety of nutritious food options. Many students, including myself, often struggle to find healthy alternatives during lunchtime. The current menu predominantly consists of processed and unhealthy food choices, which can have negative effects on our physical well-being and academic performance.

I kindly request that the school administration consider implementing changes to the cafeteria menu. It would be greatly appreciated if the school could introduce a wider range of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain options. Additionally, incorporating more vegetarian and vegan choices would accommodate students with dietary restrictions and preferences. By offering healthier alternatives, we can promote better eating habits among students and foster a positive and nourishing school environment.

I understand that implementing these changes may require careful consideration and coordination with the cafeteria staff and food suppliers. However, I firmly believe that investing in the well-being and health of the student body will have long-lasting benefits for our school community.

I would be more than willing to assist in any way possible to help facilitate this transition. If you would like to discuss this matter further or if there is any additional information I can provide, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am confident that together we can work towards enhancing the overall dining experience for students at [School Name].

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I greatly appreciate your dedication to the well-being and success of the students at [School Name]. I look forward to a positive outcome.

[Your Name]

To The Principal Letter Example #2

I am writing to express my sincere appreciation for the recent changes that have been implemented at [School Name]. As a parent of a student in [Grade/Class], I have observed the positive impact these changes have had on the overall learning environment, and I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge your efforts and express my gratitude.

Firstly, I would like to commend the school administration and staff for their commitment to academic excellence. The introduction of new teaching methods and innovative approaches to learning has sparked a renewed enthusiasm among the students. My child has expressed great excitement about the engaging classroom activities and the opportunities for hands-on learning that have been introduced this academic year.

Furthermore, I am impressed by the increased emphasis on extracurricular activities and the overall holistic development of the students. The addition of new clubs, sports teams, and cultural events has not only provided a platform for students to explore their interests but has also fostered a sense of camaraderie and school spirit. It is evident that these initiatives have contributed to a more vibrant and inclusive school community.

I would also like to acknowledge the open and effective communication channels that have been established between the school and parents. The regular newsletters, parent-teacher conferences, and online portals have proven to be valuable resources in keeping parents informed about their child’s progress and upcoming events. As a parent, I feel supported and involved in my child’s education, and I appreciate the efforts made by the school to create a strong partnership between parents and educators.

In conclusion, I would like to express my gratitude once again for the positive changes that have been implemented at [School Name]. The dedication and commitment of the school administration, teachers, and staff members are truly commendable. It is reassuring to witness the continuous efforts made to provide an enriching educational experience for the students.

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to excellence and for creating a nurturing environment where every student can thrive. I look forward to witnessing the continued success and growth of [School Name].

With sincere appreciation,

To The Principal Letter Example #3

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to bring to your attention an issue that I believe requires immediate attention for the safety and well-being of the students at [School Name].

Over the past few weeks, I have noticed a significant increase in incidents of bullying among students. It deeply concerns me to witness the negative impact this behavior is having on the affected students’ mental health and overall academic performance. As a member of the school community, I believe it is crucial that we address this issue promptly and effectively.

I would like to request that the school administration takes proactive measures to combat bullying within the premises of the school. It is important to foster an environment where every student feels safe, respected, and included. I suggest implementing the following strategies to address this matter:

  • Awareness and Education: Conduct regular awareness campaigns and workshops on bullying, its effects, and preventive measures. These sessions can help students and staff better understand the consequences of bullying and empower them to take a stand against it.
  • Clear Policies and Procedures: Review and reinforce the school’s existing policies on bullying. It is essential to have well-defined guidelines in place that outline the consequences for engaging in bullying behavior, as well as the reporting procedures for students who witness or experience bullying.
  • Peer Support Programs: Implement peer support programs where older students can mentor and support younger students. This can create a positive and inclusive atmosphere, discouraging instances of bullying and fostering a sense of belonging among all students.
  • Counseling and Support Services: Ensure that adequate counseling and support services are available for students who have been affected by bullying. Providing a safe space for students to express their concerns and seek guidance is crucial in helping them cope with the emotional and psychological impact of bullying.
  • Parent Involvement: Encourage parental involvement in addressing and preventing bullying. Conduct workshops or information sessions for parents to increase their awareness of bullying and provide them with resources to support their children.

I strongly believe that by implementing these measures, we can create a safe and nurturing environment that promotes positive interactions and discourages bullying. Together, we can ensure that every student at [School Name] receives an education free from fear and intimidation.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I kindly request that you consider taking immediate action to address the issue of bullying at our school. I am available and willing to assist in any way possible to contribute to the creation of a safe and supportive environment.

Final Thoughts

If you do not receive a response within a reasonable time, you can follow up via email or phone call to ensure your letter was received.

By following these steps, you can write a professional and effective letter to the principal that clearly communicates your concerns, requests, or feedback. Remember that the key elements of a successful letter are respect, clarity, and brevity, ensuring that your message is received positively and given the attention it deserves.

About Mr. Greg

Mr. Greg is an English teacher from Edinburgh, Scotland, currently based in Hong Kong. He has over 5 years teaching experience and recently completed his PGCE at the University of Essex Online. In 2013, he graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BEng(Hons) in Computing, with a focus on social media.

Mr. Greg’s English Cloud was created in 2020 during the pandemic, aiming to provide students and parents with resources to help facilitate their learning at home.

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File a Complaint With Your School

How to file a complaint with your school related to bullying, harassment, or discrimination..

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE AT SCHOOL YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM BULLYING AND HARASSMENT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HOLD YOUR SCHOOL ACCOUNTABLE UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCESS CA Code of Regulations (Title 5, section 4600 et seq.)

You can file a complaint with your school or district related to the following types of harassment (actual or perceived):

  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • Mental/physical disability
  • National origin
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual orientation
  • Association with any categories listed

If you file a complaint with the school, the principal is required by law to investigate and fix the problem. Your school, including teachers and administrators, is required by law to protect you and must take the necessary steps to stop any form of bullying.

If the bullying continues or you feel that the school did not properly look into your complaint, you can file a complaint with the superintendent of the school district. The district has 60 days from when they notified you that they received your complaint to investigate and respond about what they plan to do.

You do NOT need to file a complaint with the school before filing a complaint with the superintendent of the school district. You may file a complaint directly with the superintendent of the school district if you choose.

If you are not satisfied with the school district’s investigation or results, you can appeal to the CA Department of Education. If you decide to appeal, you must do so within 15 days of receiving the school district’s written response.

Members of the public can also file complaints related to other issues, such as illegal school fees and what are known as Williams complaints, which relate to whether school facilities are clean and safe, students have access to instructional materials, and whether teachers are appropriately credentialed. Those additional issues are not addressed in this brochure, but you can find out more information about Williams complaints .

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT

  • FIND A COMPLAINT FORM : You can use the Uniform Complaint Procedure form created by the CA Department of Education or use the one that is supplied by your principal or school. If you are filing a complaint about harassment, do not fill out a Williams Complaint Form.
  • FILL OUT THE FORM : Make sure to be as detailed as possible. The more information that you give in the report, the stronger the complaint is. Give details about what happened, when, where, who was involved or was a witness, and which school or district staff you told about the incident(s). If you have any documents or other evidence that back up the complaint, you should attach them to the form. The form can be filled out by any student, a parent, or interested third party or organization, for a student.
  • TURN IN THE COMPLAINT FORM : Make a copy for yourself before turning it to the appropriate person at your school. You should turn it in directly to your principal or to the superintendent of the school district.

COMPLAINT TIMELINE

Day 1 : File a complaint with your school district within 6 months of the incident.

60 working days: Within 60 days from the date of the receipt of complaint, you should receive a written response from the school district explaining what they found, their conclusions and the legal basis for it, what steps they plan to take, and your right to appeal.

If you are not satisfied with the response to your complaint within 15 days of receiving the decision, file an appeal to the CA Department of Education. You can find out more information about filing an appeal .

POSSIBLE REASONS FOR FILING A COMPLAINT

Note: These are examples, not the only possible reasons.

Bullying & Harassment

  • If you are being bullied, you may file a complaint. Under no circumstances should you tolerate being bullied.
  • You should never be verbally and/or physically harassed by anyone at school based on your race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
  • All students have the right to a safe school.

Discrimination

  • If you feel you or your student group is being treated differently than other students or clubs, you may file a complaint.
  • All students have the freedom of expression.
  • If you don’t feel safe at your school because of your race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, you may file a complaint.
  • Even if there isn’t a bully or bullies that you can point out specifically, if you don’t feel safe at school, you should talk to your principal to find a solution.
  • All students have the right to be protected.

CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE SECTION 234.1

Education Code Section 234.1 lays out the requirements to ensure that school districts are working to reduce discrimination, harassment, violence, intimidation and bullying, thereby increasing school safety for all students. Under this law, every school district must:

  • Adopt a policy that prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on your actual or perceived
  • Race or ethnicity
  • Nationality
  • Gender identity
  • Gender expression
  • Association with someone else with one or more of these perceived characteristics. The school district policy applies to all acts related to a school activity or school attendance.
  • A requirement that, if school staff witness an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, they must take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so.
  • A timeline to investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying. An appeal process.
  • All forms associated with the complaint procedure must be translated into your native language if at least 15% of the students in the district speak your native language as their primary language.
  • Publicize its anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, anti-intimidation, and anti-bullying policies, including information about how to file a complaint.
  • Post its anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, anti-intimidation, and anti-bullying policies in all schools and offices, including in student government rooms.
  • Keep documentation of the complaints it receives and the resolution of that complaint until the CA Department of Education has reviewed the school district through its Categorical Program Monitoring process.
  • Make sure that you are protected from retaliation for complaining, and that your identity as the person who complained is kept confidential, as appropriate.
  • Identify a staff person in the school district who is responsible for ensuring that the school district complies with this law.
  • For more information, please visit Seth’s Law Ab9 Handout

Q: Who can file a complaint?

A: Any student who experiences discrimination or harassment may file a complaint with the school or school district. Someone else, like another student, parent, or interested third party or organization, may also file a complaint.

Q: Is there a specific form to file a complaint? A: Yes, you should use the one your school district has (check their website or ask at the district office) or the sample Uniform Complaint Form available.

Q: Is there a difference between the Uniform Complaint Form and the Williams Complaint Form? A: Yes, the Williams Form is specifically for the right to a clean and safe school, to have a book to use in class and at home, and to have a qualified teacher. The Uniform Complaint Procedure Form is for reporting incidents of harassment or discrimination, including bullying.

Q: Should I make and keep a copy of my complaint?

A: Yes, you should always make and keep a copy of all of your complaints.

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How to Write a Complaint Letter to Your Principal

Last Updated: March 7, 2023

This article was co-authored by Tami Claytor . Tami Claytor is an Etiquette Coach, Image Consultant, and the Owner of Always Appropriate Image and Etiquette Consulting in New York, New York. With over 20 years of experience, Tami specializes in teaching etiquette classes to individuals, students, companies, and community organizations. Tami has spent decades studying cultures through her extensive travels across five continents and has created cultural diversity workshops to promote social justice and cross-cultural awareness. She holds a BA in Economics with a concentration in International Relations from Clark University. Tami studied at the Ophelia DeVore School of Charm and the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she earned her Image Consultant Certification. This article has been viewed 627,765 times.

As a young person, it takes a lot of courage to write a letter to your principal. It also requires careful planning and writing several drafts. It may seem like an intimidating task when you first begin working on your letter, but the result can be the end of a difficult problem.

Example Complaint Letter to Principal

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Considering the Problem

Step 1 Think about your options.

  • Before deciding to write a letter to your principal, ask yourself a few questions. Is this issue important enough to ask my principal about? Is there someone else who could help me with this problem? Can my principal do anything to help solve my problem?
  • Other people who might be able to help you solve a problem include your parents, your teacher, the school secretary, and the school guidance counselor. If you can’t decide who would be the best person to ask, try making an appointment with your guidance counselor and ask their advice.

Step 2 Take notes that define the problem.

Writing Your Response

Step 1 Begin writing a draft of the full letter.

  • You can write something simple like, "My name is Sam Jones. I’m in the 8th grade, and I am upset about the short lunch period."

Step 3 Identify the problem.

  • For example, if you are writing to tell your principal that your lunch period is too short for you to finish your meal, your desired outcome might be that they extend the lunch period by 5 minutes to allow more time for eating. Or maybe you could suggest that they allow additional bathroom breaks in the morning before lunch so that you don’t have to use your lunch time for a restroom break.

Step 5 Close the letter clearly.

  • Feel free to sign off your letter with a closer like "Regards" or "Thank you."

Revising Your Letter

Step 1 Review your draft and make changes to it.

  • If you submit a handwritten letter, make certain it is legible. This may mean re-writing the letter once you have made all the corrections you want to make. Use your best handwriting for this letter. [2] X Research source

Step 2 Use a positive tone.

  • This is also important because people are usually more willing to help you if you ask them nicely instead of being rude or demanding.
  • End your letter with "Thank you for your time " or "Thank you for your consideration" to keep things polite.

Step 3 Pay attention to details.

  • You should also date the letter on the day you turn it over to your principal.

Step 4 Take a break.

  • Asking an adult to read your letter is a good idea because they will probably be able to help you correct any written mistakes you made and to look at more complex issues in your letter like the tone and the logical sequencing of your thoughts.
  • Asking another student to read your letter would be good too because they can help you decide if your request is reasonable within the context of your school’s rules and regulations. They will have a good working knowledge of the situation since it is their school too. But they might not be as good at catching grammatical mistakes as an adult would be.

Following Up

Step 1 Deliver your letter.

  • Make sure the letter is sealed inside the envelope before you leave.

Step 2 Follow up verbally.

  • If you haven’t heard back from the principal in a week after you deliver your letter, set up an appointment with your principal to discuss the issue in person. [4] X Research source

Step 3 Follow up in writing.

Community Q&A

Community Answer

  • Use language that is professional (no slang) and will make adults take you seriously. Write in complete sentences and use spell check. Thanks Helpful 4 Not Helpful 0
  • Take a friend with you if you need support to meet with your principal or the letter's recipient. Thanks Helpful 4 Not Helpful 1
  • Generally, try to keep the letter to one page. If longer, number the pages. Thanks Helpful 3 Not Helpful 1

Tips from our Readers

  • If your school is small enough, you can also talk to the principal in person. Just go to their office during your free time and ask if they have time to talk to you about the issue.
  • If you are being bullied along with someone else, get them to add information about their experience to your letter and sign it too.
  • Don't use any offensive or bad words in the letter. You won't be taken seriously and could get in trouble!

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  • Do not use offensive language. Thanks Helpful 141 Not Helpful 26
  • Do not exaggerate or make up facts to make your case. Your credibility is important. Thanks Helpful 122 Not Helpful 23
  • Do not get too personal about the teacher or whatever the issue is in your complaint. Thanks Helpful 120 Not Helpful 29
  • Be formal, don't use slang, and don't swear (This is especially important if you know the principal is religious; for example, if s/he is Christian, don't say "hell" or "bloody"). Thanks Helpful 9 Not Helpful 1

Things You'll Need

  • Notebook paper
  • An envelope
  • A computer (optional)

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  • ↑ http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0002121.html
  • ↑ http://www.sample-resignation-letters.com/writing-a-complaint-letter-to-your-principal-with-sample.html
  • ↑ http://www.educationalleaders.govt.nz/Managing-your-school/Guides-for-managing-your-school/Dealing-with-complaints

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To write a complaint letter to your principal, start by introducing yourself, and stating the reason for why you’re writing. For example, try something like, “My name is Jane Smith. I’m in the 8th grade and I am upset about the short lunch period.” Then, support your complaint by explaining how the problem affects you or people you know. Make sure to use polite and mature language since you’re addressing your principal. Additionally, check over your letter for spelling and grammar errors to ensure that your letter will be taken seriously. For more advice, including how to follow up after delivering your letter, keep reading. Did this summary help you? Yes No

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Complaint Letter to School Principal from Parent Sample

In this article, I’ll share a step-by-step guide on how to write a complaint letter to the school principal from a parent, complete with a template and tips from my personal experiences.

Key Takeaways: Understand the Purpose : Know why you’re writing and what you aim to achieve. Be Clear and Concise : State your concerns clearly without unnecessary details. Provide Evidence : Attach or reference any relevant documents or incidents. Be Respectful : Maintain a respectful and professional tone throughout the letter. Follow Up : Consider following up if you do not receive a timely response. Template Provided : Use the template provided below as a starting point for your letter. Personal Experience Tips : Benefit from insights gained from my extensive experience in writing such letters.

Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Letter

Step 1: start with your contact information.

Begin your letter by providing your name, address, contact number, and email at the top. This ensures the principal knows who is reaching out and how to respond.

Step 2: Add the Date and Principal’s Contact Information

Include the date of writing the letter and the principal’s name and school address below your contact information.

Step 3: Write a Polite Salutation

Start with a respectful salutation such as “Dear [Principal’s Name],”.

Step 4: Clearly State the Purpose of Your Letter

In the opening paragraph, clearly state that you are writing to lodge a complaint, specify the nature of the complaint, and mention your child’s name and class.

Step 5: Describe the Issue in Detail

Provide a detailed account of the issue, focusing on facts. Mention specific dates, incidents, and the names of individuals involved (if relevant).

Step 6: Express Your Concerns and Expectations

Clearly articulate why the issue concerns you and what outcomes you expect or suggest as a resolution.

Step 7: Attach or Reference Supporting Documents

If you have any relevant documents or evidence, mention that they are attached or available upon request.

Step 8: Conclude with a Call to Action

End the letter by requesting a meeting or a response by a specific date, expressing your hope for a constructive resolution.

Step 9: Close with a Respectful Sign-off

Conclude your letter with a sign-off such as “Sincerely,” followed by your name and signature.

Template for a Complaint Letter

[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State, Zip] [Email Address] [Phone Number] [Date]

[Principal’s Name] [School’s Name] [School’s Address] [City, State, Zip]

Dear [Principal’s Name],

I am writing to express my concern regarding [specific issue] that has affected my child, [Child’s Name], who is in [grade/class]. [Describe the issue, including dates, specific incidents, and individuals involved].

This situation is concerning because [explain why the issue is problematic, focusing on its impact on your child or the educational environment].

I believe this issue can be resolved by [suggest possible solutions or actions you expect the school to take]. To support my concerns, I have attached [mention any attached documents].

I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss this matter further and am hopeful for a constructive resolution. Please let me know a convenient time for a meeting, or I look forward to your response by [specific date].

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely, [Your Signature (if sending a hard copy)] [Your Printed Name]

Tips from Personal Experience

  • Keep Emotions in Check : While it’s natural to be emotional, a calm and reasoned approach is more effective.
  • Document Everything : Keep a record of all communications and relevant incidents.
  • Seek Solutions, Not Blame : Focus on finding a constructive resolution rather than assigning blame.
  • Be Specific : Vague complaints are hard to act on. Provide clear, concise details.
  • Follow Up : If you don’t receive a response, don’t hesitate to send a polite follow-up or arrange a meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: How can I effectively express my concerns in a complaint letter to the principal about my child’s classroom environment?

Answer: When writing a complaint letter to the principal, it’s essential to be clear and concise. I always start by stating my child’s name and class, followed by a brief description of the issue. 

I focus on facts and avoid emotional language. It’s also helpful to suggest possible solutions or outcomes you’d like to see. Lastly, I always request a meeting to discuss the matter further.

Q: What should I include in the letter if I’m concerned about bullying towards my child at school?

Answer: In cases of bullying, it’s crucial to provide specific examples and dates of the incidents. I include any steps my child or I have already taken, like speaking to the teacher. 

I emphasize the impact of bullying on my child’s well-being and learning. Confidentiality is key, so I request discretion and a prompt response to address the issue effectively.

Q: Is it appropriate to email the principal about my concerns, or should I send a physical letter?

Answer: I’ve found that emailing can be very effective. It’s faster and ensures there’s a written record of your communication. In my email, I keep the tone respectful and formal, just as I would in a physical letter. I also make sure to follow up if I don’t receive a response within a reasonable time frame.

Q: How do I approach the principal if my concern is about a specific teacher’s methodology or behavior?

Answer: When my concerns have been about a teacher, I approach the letter with a tone of seeking understanding rather than placing blame. I describe specific incidents or methods that concern me and how they affect my child.

It’s important to express a willingness for open dialogue and to hear the school’s perspective as well.

Q: Can I ask for a specific action or change in my complaint letter, or should I just state the problem?

Answer: It’s actually helpful to suggest specific actions or changes that you believe would resolve the issue. In my letters, I outline my desired outcomes clearly but respectfully. This helps the principal understand my perspective better and provides a starting point for finding a solution.

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How To Write A Letter To Principal

Writing a letter to a principal can be a great way to communicate important information, raise concerns or make requests. If you have concerns about something happening at the school or want to make suggestions, writing a letter to the principal can be an effective way to bring attention to the issue.

Format Letter Writing Format

Here are some of the main components of a formal letter that must be included while addressing a letter to the principal.

At the top of the letter, write ‘The Principal’ and the school's address followed by the date and subject of the letter. The subject line should not be more than 10-12 words and should convey the essence of the letter. Begin your letter with a salutation by addressing the principal respectfully using ‘Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms. Last Name’ or ‘Dear Ma’am/Sir’. The first paragraph should include your introduction and purpose of your letter.

In the following paragraphs, provide more details and explanations to support your request, concern, or information. Be specific and provide all the information.

In the final paragraph, thank the principal for their time and consideration. End with a closing such as "Sincerely," "Respectfully," or "Best regards," followed by your name.

Before sending the letter, proofread it for spelling and grammar errors. Make sure the tone of your letter is polite and respectful.

Sample Letters

Here are some sample letters that students can use for their reference.

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Letter To Principal Against Bullying

The Principal

Kendriya Vidyalaya School

Mahavir Marg

18 February 2023

Subject: Requesting awareness initiatives against bullying

I, Shourya Jain, studying in class 10, would like to bring to your attention a problem that I have noticed at school: bullying. I know that our school and teachers work hard to create a safe and inclusive learning environment, but I am concerned that some students are not following those guidelines.

Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that some students have been picking on others in the hallways, during lunchtime, and even in the classroom. This behaviour has created an uncomfortable and stressful environment for some of us, making it difficult to focus on our studies.

I am reaching out to you because I believe that everyone has the right to feel safe and comfortable while they are at school. It is important that we take action against bullying and make sure that all students know that it is not acceptable.

I would like to suggest that the school take some proactive measures, such as increasing the number of anti-bullying posters around the school, or implementing a peer mentoring program to help younger students feel more comfortable and supported. Additionally, I think that it would be beneficial to have a counsellor specifically designated as a point of contact for students to report any incidents of bullying.

I hope that you will take my concerns seriously and consider implementing some of these measures to address the issue. Thank you for your time and attention.

Shourya Jain

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Letter Requesting Principal For Re-Exam

Fairfields School

Subject: Seeking Permission for a Re-Examination

Dear Ma’am,

I, Pariddhi Kalra, studying in class 9, am writing to request permission to take a re-examination for the political science mid-term exam that I recently missed. I understand that the school's policy allows for students to request a re-examination under certain circumstances, and I believe that my situation meets these criteria.

I was unable to appear during the examination due to poor health, I was suffering from seasonal flu and did not feel well enough to take the exam. This has significantly impacted my final grade. I have since taken the time to recover and have studied the course material, and I am confident that I can perform well if given the opportunity to take a re-examination.

I understand that the school has certain policies and procedures in place for re-examinations, and I am willing to comply with any requirements that may be necessary to take the re-examination. I have also attached my medical certificate from the doctor for your reference.

I would appreciate the opportunity to retake the examination, as it would allow me to improve my academic performance.Thank you for your time and consideration of this request.

Pariddhi Kalra

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The field of biomedical engineering opens up a universe of expert chances. An Individual in the biomedical engineering career path work in the field of engineering as well as medicine, in order to find out solutions to common problems of the two fields. The biomedical engineering job opportunities are to collaborate with doctors and researchers to develop medical systems, equipment, or devices that can solve clinical problems. Here we will be discussing jobs after biomedical engineering, how to get a job in biomedical engineering, biomedical engineering scope, and salary. 

Data Administrator

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Ethical Hacker

A career as ethical hacker involves various challenges and provides lucrative opportunities in the digital era where every giant business and startup owns its cyberspace on the world wide web. Individuals in the ethical hacker career path try to find the vulnerabilities in the cyber system to get its authority. If he or she succeeds in it then he or she gets its illegal authority. Individuals in the ethical hacker career path then steal information or delete the file that could affect the business, functioning, or services of the organization.

Data Analyst

The invention of the database has given fresh breath to the people involved in the data analytics career path. Analysis refers to splitting up a whole into its individual components for individual analysis. Data analysis is a method through which raw data are processed and transformed into information that would be beneficial for user strategic thinking.

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Geothermal Engineer

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Remote Sensing Technician

Individuals who opt for a career as a remote sensing technician possess unique personalities. Remote sensing analysts seem to be rational human beings, they are strong, independent, persistent, sincere, realistic and resourceful. Some of them are analytical as well, which means they are intelligent, introspective and inquisitive. 

Remote sensing scientists use remote sensing technology to support scientists in fields such as community planning, flight planning or the management of natural resources. Analysing data collected from aircraft, satellites or ground-based platforms using statistical analysis software, image analysis software or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a significant part of their work. Do you want to learn how to become remote sensing technician? There's no need to be concerned; we've devised a simple remote sensing technician career path for you. Scroll through the pages and read.

Geotechnical engineer

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Cartographer

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Budget Analyst

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Product Manager

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Operations manager.

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Welding Engineer

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Transportation Planner

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An expert in plumbing is aware of building regulations and safety standards and works to make sure these standards are upheld. Testing pipes for leakage using air pressure and other gauges, and also the ability to construct new pipe systems by cutting, fitting, measuring and threading pipes are some of the other more involved aspects of plumbing. Individuals in the plumber career path are self-employed or work for a small business employing less than ten people, though some might find working for larger entities or the government more desirable.

Construction Manager

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Urban Planner

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Urban planning careers come with the opportunity to make changes to the existing cities and towns. They identify various community needs and make short and long-term plans accordingly.

Highway Engineer

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Environmental Engineer

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Naval Architect

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Orthotist and Prosthetist

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An oncologist is a specialised doctor responsible for providing medical care to patients diagnosed with cancer. He or she uses several therapies to control the cancer and its effect on the human body such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy and biopsy. An oncologist designs a treatment plan based on a pathology report after diagnosing the type of cancer and where it is spreading inside the body.

Audiologist

The audiologist career involves audiology professionals who are responsible to treat hearing loss and proactively preventing the relevant damage. Individuals who opt for a career as an audiologist use various testing strategies with the aim to determine if someone has a normal sensitivity to sounds or not. After the identification of hearing loss, a hearing doctor is required to determine which sections of the hearing are affected, to what extent they are affected, and where the wound causing the hearing loss is found. As soon as the hearing loss is identified, the patients are provided with recommendations for interventions and rehabilitation such as hearing aids, cochlear implants, and appropriate medical referrals. While audiology is a branch of science that studies and researches hearing, balance, and related disorders.

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Depending on the video game designer job description and experience they may also have to lead a team and do the early testing of the game in order to suggest changes and find loopholes.

Radio Jockey

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A career as radio jockey has a lot to offer to deserving candidates. If you want to know more about a career as radio jockey, and how to become a radio jockey then continue reading the article.

Choreographer

The word “choreography" actually comes from Greek words that mean “dance writing." Individuals who opt for a career as a choreographer create and direct original dances, in addition to developing interpretations of existing dances. A Choreographer dances and utilises his or her creativity in other aspects of dance performance. For example, he or she may work with the music director to select music or collaborate with other famous choreographers to enhance such performance elements as lighting, costume and set design.

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Social Media Manager

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How to Write an Email to the School Principal: A Comprehensive Guide

Sending an email to your school principal is an effective way to communicate your thoughts, concerns, or suggestions. however, it’s important to write a well-crafted email that effectively conveys your message. in this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with valuable tips and a step-by-step approach to help you write an impactful email to your school principal..

How to Write an Email to the School Principal: A Comprehensive Guide

1. Identify the Purpose and Goal of Your Email

Before you start writing your email, it’s crucial to clearly identify the purpose or goal you want to achieve. Are you addressing a concern, making a request, or expressing appreciation? Having a clear objective will help you structure your email and deliver your message effectively.

2. Use a Professional and Concise Subject Line

The subject line of your email should be concise yet informative. It should clearly indicate the purpose of your email without being too vague or lengthy. A subject line like “Meeting Request: Parent-Teacher Association” or “Feedback on School Curriculum” will grab the principal’s attention and make it easier for them to prioritize your email.

3. Start with a Polite and Respectful Greeting

Begin your email with a polite and respectful greeting. “Dear Principal [Last Name]” or “Dear Dr. [Principal’s Last Name]” are appropriate salutations. Using the principal’s proper title shows respect and sets a professional tone for your email.

4. Introduce Yourself and State the Purpose of Your Email

In the opening paragraph, introduce yourself briefly and state the purpose of your email. Explain why you are reaching out to the principal and what you hope to achieve. Remember to keep it concise and to the point – principals are often busy and appreciate emails that get straight to the heart of the matter.

5. Provide Detailed and Clear Points

In the body of your email, present your points clearly and provide any necessary details or supporting information. Break down your key points into separate paragraphs to enhance readability. Consider using bullet points or numbered lists to make your points more organized and easily understandable.

6. Maintain a Professional Tone

Throughout your email, maintain a professional and respectful tone. It’s essential to express your thoughts and concerns politely, even if you are discussing a sensitive issue. Avoid using offensive language, and remember that being professional greatly increases the chances of your email being taken seriously.

7. Be Solution-Oriented

If you are addressing a problem or concern, it’s helpful to propose potential solutions or suggestions. Offering constructive ideas or alternatives shows that you are invested in the betterment of the school community and are willing to collaborate with the principal to find resolutions.

8. Express Appreciation and Closing

Before closing your email, take the opportunity to express your appreciation for the principal’s time and consideration. Thank them for their attention to the matter and highlight your willingness to discuss the topic further if necessary. End your email with a polite closing such as “Sincerely” or “Best regards,” followed by your full name.

9. Proofread and Edit

Before hitting the send button, make sure to proofread your email carefully. Check for any spelling or grammatical errors, and ensure that your sentences are clear and coherent. It’s recommended to read your email out loud to catch any potential mistakes or awkward phrasing.

10. Follow-Up if Needed

If you don’t receive a response within a reasonable time frame, it’s acceptable to send a polite follow-up email. However, avoid sending repeated follow-ups excessively, as that might appear pushy or intrusive. Patience is key, as principals are often swamped with work and may need time to address your concerns.

By following these steps and tips, you can compose a well-written email to your school principal that effectively communicates your thoughts, concerns, or suggestions. Remember, respectful communication is the key to building a strong relationship with your school’s administration and facilitating positive change within your educational community.

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How to Write an Email to A Principal

How to Write an Email to a Principal

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of writing an email to a school principal. You’ll learn the necessary steps to take before writing, the crucial elements to include in your email, and we’ll provide a handy email template for you to use. By the end of this article, you’ll be prepared to communicate effectively with a school principal.

To write an email to a principal, clearly state your purpose, provide all necessary details in a concise manner, and maintain a respectful tone throughout.

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What To Do Before Writing the Email

Before drafting your email, consider the following:

  • Identify The Purpose : Clearly define the reason for your email. It could be a concern, a suggestion, or a request.
  • Gather Relevant Information : If your email is about a specific incident or person, gather all the pertinent details.
  • Be Respectful : Remember that you’re addressing an authority figure. Maintain a respectful tone throughout your email.

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What to Include In the Email

Your email should include:

  • Subject Line : Make it concise and informative. The subject line should summarize the purpose of your email.
  • Salutation : Address the principal formally, using their correct title and surname.
  • Introduction : Introduce yourself and your relationship to the school (e.g., parent, student).
  • Body of Email : State your purpose for writing. Be clear, concise, and respectful.
  • Closing : Express your appreciation for their time and request any necessary follow-up action. Sign off politely.

Email Template

Here’s a basic email template that you can customize:

Subject: Request for Meeting Regarding [Student’s Name] Dear Principal [Surname], I hope this email finds you well. My name is [Your Name] and I am the parent of [Student’s Name], a student in Grade [Number]. I am writing to discuss [Briefly state the issue or concern]. I believe that by addressing this matter, we can enhance the learning environment for [Student’s Name] and potentially other students as well. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss this matter further. Please let me know suitable dates and times for you. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Sincerely, [Your Name]

Staff Commendation Template to Principal

Subject:  Commendation for School Staff Member Dear Principal [Surname], Greetings! I am [Your Name], parent of [Student’s Name] who is currently in [Student’s Grade/Class]. I am writing to extend my heartfelt commendation for [Staff Member’s Name], who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and support in [Specific Example]. [Staff Member’s Name]’s efforts have made a significant impact on [Student’s Name]’s experience at [School Name], and I wanted to ensure that such exemplary work is acknowledged. I am grateful for your leadership and the positive environment it fosters for both the staff and students. Please extend my thanks to [Staff Member’s Name] for their outstanding contribution. Best regards, [Your Name]

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Email Template to Principal for Concerns About Facilities

Subject:  Concerns About School Facilities Dear Principal [Surname], I hope this message finds you well. My name is [Your Name], and my son/daughter, [Student’s Name], is attending [Grade] at [School Name]. I am writing to express my concern regarding the school’s current state of facilities, specifically [Mention particular facility or issue]. I have noticed that [Describe the issue and any potential impact on students]. Understanding that facility management is complex, I am keen to learn about any upcoming plans to address this issue or how I might assist in improving the situation. Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your response. Best regards, [Your Name]

Volunteer Support Template to Principal

Subject:  Volunteer Support Offer for School Events Dear Principal [Surname], Good day! I am [Your Name], the parent of [Student’s Name] in [Grade]. It has come to my attention that the school is organizing the upcoming [Event Name], and I am writing to offer my assistance as a volunteer. With experience in [Briefly describe any relevant experience or skills], I am confident that I can contribute positively to the event’s success. Please let me know if there is a formal process to register as a volunteer or specific areas where my help would be most beneficial. Looking forward to contributing to our school community. Kind regards, [Your Name]

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Writing an email to a principal requires clear communication and respect. Identify your purpose, be concise yet comprehensive with your information, and maintain a polite tone throughout. By following these steps, you’ll be able to craft an effective email that will facilitate positive communication.

Persuading the Principal: Writing Persuasive Letters About School Issues

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This lesson gives students the opportunity to examine opinion editorials and write their own on school issues. After reading and listening to opinion pieces, students identify strong examples of persuasion and record them on a graphic organizer. Small groups then brainstorm issues in the school that they believe deserve action plans. Each group uses graphic organizers to explore its issue. The group then constructs a letter on that issue. The letter is then edited for grammar and content, typed on a word processor, printed, and delivered to the school principal.

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  • Persuasion Map : This tool helps students break down their argument into reasons and supporting details, which will help them write their letter.
  • Letter Generator : Students can use this tool to identify the different parts of a letter, and use the sample provided as a model for writing their own letters.

From Theory to Practice

  • Social justice "can be at the forefront of a secondary English curriculum that simultaneously incorporates traditional skill development and critical analysis."
  • In a heterogeneous classroom focusing on social activism, the teacher should place student-generated inquiry questions at the forefront.
  • Students should explore examples of social activism in order to identify the traits of an agent of change before engaging in their own activism.
  • Students hone reading skills by applying essential nonfiction reading strategies to texts as they explore their topics.
  • Writing that aims at affecting social change should be shared publicly.
  • Students should be given the opportunity to choose activism issues that speak to them personally.

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NCTE/IRA National Standards for the English Language Arts

  • 1. Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
  • 3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).
  • 4. Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.
  • 5. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.
  • 6. Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and nonprint texts.
  • 11. Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
  • 12. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).

Materials and Technology

  • Computers with Internet access and printing capability
  • One computer with Internet access and speakers
  • Overhead projector or whiteboard
  • Elements of Effective Persuasive Writing
  • Persuasive Writing Topic Exploration
  • Persuasive Writing: Letter to the Principal Rubric

Preparation

Student objectives.

Students will

  • Interpret and evaluate published persuasive pieces of writing in order to identify and emulate elements of effective persuasive writing
  • Develop problem identification and exploration skills by examining issues in the school community
  • Develop persuasive writing skills by formulating a strong persuasive argument and employing elements of effective persuasive writing
  • Develop and expand knowledge and application of written language conventions by reading and analyzing published pieces of persuasive writing and engaging in the writing process (including editing and revising)

Sessions 1 & 2: Exploring the Elements of Effective Persuasive Letter Writing

Session 3: brainstorming and selecting persuasive letter topics, session 4: persuasive letter planning and writing, sessions 5 and 6: persuasive letter revision, session 7: persuasive letter publication.

  • Arrange with the school principal to respond to students' letters. S/he could write response letters to each group or visit the class to discuss the letters. Be sure to provide him/her with a copy of the rubric to help him/her focus feedback on those skills students developed and practiced in this lesson.
  • Have students create action plans. They could write follow-up letters or create multimedia presentations for the principal proposing a solution to the issue that fits with the positions outlined in their persuasive letters.
  • Have students conduct research on the Internet, focusing on how other schools in the United States have handled their issue. Many issues, such as school uniforms and cell phone usage, are "hot " topics in other schools. Ask students to create multimedia presentations of their findings (using a program such as PowerPoint) to share with the class.

Student Assessment / Reflections

  • Observe student participation in the discussion about the elements of effective persuasive writing. Be sure to guide students as they identify and record examples of effective persuasive writing in the published pieces you examine as a class.
  • Review each collaborative writing group’s Persuasion Map and initial draft of their letter to the principal. Offer them feedback focused on the elements of effective persuasive writing.
  • Observe and use guiding questions as students evaluate each group’s letter to the principal using the Persuasive Writing: Letter to the Principal Rubric . Collect student rubrics and review them to help guide groups as they make revisions.
  • Assess the final product letters to the principal using the Persuasive Writing: Letter to the Principal Rubric .
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Through a classroom game and resource handouts, students learn about the techniques used in persuasive oral arguments and apply them to independent persuasive writing activities.

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.

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Letter to School Principal from Parent | Check Format and Samples

Parents will have to write various letters and applications on different occasions to their children’s school. In order to take a child out, if their child is sick or if they want a few days of leave, etc., they will have to take permission from the school or the class teacher. In such cases, it is common for the parents to write a letter seeking permission for the same.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions on Letter to the School Principal from Parent

A letter to the school principal from the parent is a type of formal letter which can be written for various reasons. If a child wants to go out for their sports tournament, or a child is sick and wants to take leave for a few days, the parents will have to write a permission letter to the principal, stating the reasons behind the request.

To write a letter to the school principal from a parent, you will have to follow a format for the same, and mention the proper reason behind the application. The format and sample letters have been given below for your reference. You can refer to the below samples before writing the application to the principal by parents.

A letter to the school principal from the parent is a type of formal letter which can be written following the format given below.

  • From address
  • Body explaining the reason behind the letter
  • Letter ending with a complimentary close

To familiarize yourself with the format and the language to be used in the letter, check the samples provided below.

Samples of Application to the Principal from the Parent

Before you write the letter to the school principal for your child, you can refer to the sample letters and write in your own words.

Sulagna Mishra

Bidisha Enclave, Fl. No. – 403

Satya Nagar, Bhubaneswar

4th March, 2022

The Principal

Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1

Unit – 9, Bhubaneswar – 751002

Sub: Request to grant 5 days off for Badminton Tournament

Respected Sir,

I am Sulagna Mishra, mother of Amrita Mishra, studying in class 9, section B (Roll number – 15). I would like to inform you that my daughter has been selected for the National Level Badminton Tournament which is scheduled on 10th March. The tournament is said to go on for five days.

So, I kindly request you to grant her leave for five days, i.e., from 10th March, 2022 till 14th March, 2022. I assure you that she will join school on 15th March. I take complete responsibility for her classwork. I kindly request you to consider my request and please grant her leave for the above-mentioned dates.

(Signature)

SULAGNA MISHRA

Mother of Amrita Mishra

Sadhna Mishra

448, Saheed Nagar

Bhubaneswar

Mothers’ Public School

Unit – 1, Ashok Nagar

Sub: Request to join school one hour late for 15 days

Respected Madam,

I am Sadhna Mishra, mother of Pragyan Mishra, studying in class 8 B with roll number – 12. I would like to inform you that my daughter has been selected for the International Odissi Dance Culture which is an International dance festival. The festival is scheduled on 15th April 2022. To perform, she needs regular practice, as stated by her guru.

Her practice gets over at 8.30 a.m. and by the time she reaches school, it will  be late. So, I request you to kindly consider my request and allow her to attend classes one hour late. I shall be much obliged for your considerate approval of the same.

SADHNA MISHRA

Mother of Pragyan Mishra

Frequently Asked Questions on Letter to the School Principal from the Parent

How do i write a letter to the school principal from a parent.

A letter to the school principal from a parent should follow the format of a formal letter. Make sure to mention the reasons behind your letter clearly.

How can I thank the principal for something?

You can write a letter to the school principal if you want to thank the principal for something. Keep in mind that it should be a formal letter, therefore, do not use any informal words when writing the letter.

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  • Letter to School Principal from Parent

As parents, we have to take responsibility for our children. We have to look after our children’s needs and wants. Parents have to write a letter to school principal sometimes for some reason related to their child. It can be for a leave grant for some competition or sick leave. As the students themselves cannot write the letter, the parents have to write this letter to  principal of the school.

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How to Write a Letter to the School Principal from Parents

A letter to school principal is written by the parents of the child for some reason concerning their child. This letter is written formally. The tone used in this letter should be polite and modest as the letter is addressed to the principal of the school.

The parents have to mention the name of their child, their class, and their section. Then the parents should explain the reason why the child needs a leave. Try to write the letter convincingly so that the principal accepts the request made by the parents on behalf of the child. Mention all the dates correctly and assure the principle that all the classwork and studies of your child will be looked after by you and that the child won’t fall back on his performance in the exam.

Format of Letter to School Principal from Parents

  • The letter starts with the ‘From’ address, which is the sender’s address.
  • The date should be mentioned on which the letter was written.
  • Next is the ‘To’ address, which is the receiver’s address.
  • The subject of the letter is the most important part of the letter as it states the reason for which the letter is written.
  • A salutation is done, e.g. Dear Sir/Ma’am, Respected Sir/Ma’am.
  • Then the main body of the letter is written, which includes the topic already mentioned in the subject of the letter.
  • End the letter with Yours faithfully, Yours sincerely, or ‘Yours Truly.
  • The signature of the person sending the letter and his name in block letters.
  • The contact number of the person should be mentioned.

Sample Letters to School Principal from Parents

After reading the format, you must have got an idea of how the letter is written. If you are still confused, then have a look at some of the sample letters we have given below to get a clear view of the same.

Letter to School Principal from Parent Requesting Leave

Yogesh Bade

A-101 Supriya Apartments

Mumbai -414141

Date- 5 February 2022

The Principal

Holy Cross High School

Mumbai – 414151

Sub: Request for leave for four days for the badminton championship

Respected Ma’am,

I am Yogesh Bade, father of Saniya Bade, who is a student at your prestigious institution in class 9 section C.

I would like to inform you that Saniya has been selected for the state-level badminton championship in the under-16 age group. The competition starts on February 10th, 2022, and will last for four days. I kindly request that you please grant my daughter a leave of four days from February 10th to February 14th, 2022.

I assure you that all the classwork missed during these 4 days will be completed by Saniya once she is back at school. I shall be highly grateful if you grant Saniya’s leave.

Thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely,

(Signature)

Contact number – 989898××××

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Letter to School Principal from Parent for Leaving School Early

Rajender Singh Kohli

31- B Harnoor Apartment

Guru Nanak Chowk

Mohali – 415272

Date- 31 August 2022

St. Mary’s High School

Sub: Request to leave school one hour early for 6 days.

Respected Sir,

I am Rajendar Singh Kohli, father of Tanjot Singh Kohli, who is a student at your prestigious institution in class 7 section A with roll number 4545.

Tanjot has taken part in the Snooker Kids Championship, for which he has to practice daily for 3 hours. I would kindly request that you please allow Tanjot to leave the school an hour early for 6 days, as the snooker club is open only up to 2 pm. He has great potential to win the snooker kids’ championship and will surely make us all proud.

I assure you that all his class work will be up to date and there will be no delay in submitting any assignments. I hope you will accept my request and allow my son to leave early. I am waiting for a positive reply from your end.

Thank you in anticipation.

Yours truly,

Contact number – 787878××××

Frequently Asked Questions on the Letter to School Principal from Parents

Question 1. Is it necessary to write a letter to the principal for leave?

Answer. It is considered a good gesture to take permission and then go on leave. If you don’t write a letter before taking leave, then you will have to write one after returning as it will be requested by the principal. Except in the case of an emergency, it is better if you give a prior intimation to the principal via letter and then go on leave.

Question 2. Can students write a letter of leave to the principal?

Answer. The school students are minors in age, so they won’t be allowed to write a letter to the principal. Only the parents or guardians of the students can write a letter to the principal of the school.

Question 3. What things are to be mentioned while writing a letter to the school principal?

Answer. You will have to mention the name of your child, his or her class, and his or her roll number. You will have to say the reason why you are writing the letter. You will have to give an assurance to the principal that there will be no delay in the completion of the work on behalf of your child. Mention your contact number so that the principal can revert to you if needed.

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Report Card Request Letter to the School Principal – Sample Request Letter for Issuance of Report Card

To, The Principal, ________ (Name of the School), ________ (Address of the School)

Date: __/__/_____ (Date)

Subject: Request for issuance of report card

Dear Sir/ Madam,

With utmost respect, I would like to inform you that my name is _______ (name) and I am writing this letter in reference to the report card.

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Principal chases off wild turkey on school grounds

CARY, N.C. (WTVD) - In North Carolina, an elementary school has been dealing with the presence of a wild turkey looking for love.

It has refused to move for cars, and the principal is now gaining attention for how he chases the bird off campus.

It’s the side of a principal that not many people can say they usually see.

Alston Ridge Elementary’s Niko Schutte was seen chasing off a wild turkey on school grounds with an umbrella.

“Maybe he’s found something that works,” one parent, Bernice Tettey, said.

“Turkey Tom” has been a pest at carpool, refusing to move and pecking at glass, cars, and anyone he perceives as a threat.

“This was a young male turkey who probably was looking for a mate in the group that he was in and was unable to find one,” Cary Animal Services Officer Beth Wilson said. “So, it was looking elsewhere. He was trying to claim a territory, and I guess he decided the carpool lane was going to be it.”

But the male bird was looking for love in all the wrong places, circling a Cary police car to claim his spot.

“Officer Savage, who’s the school resource officer, was able to kind of scare him away a few times, but he decided that he wasn’t afraid of her anymore. And that’s typical,” Wilson said.

Cary Animal Services says it’s only a matter of time before all those hormones will abate soon.

Parents hope this is a learning lesson.

“I just believe that we should teach our kids to learn to live with wildlife and know how to avoid them when they’re in their territory or when they’re in their environment,” Tettey said.

The principal’s open umbrella is doing the trick for now.

“That’s a perfect response for getting him to move away, because you have to make yourself as bigger than they are,” Wilson said.

Loud noises are another way to safely get a wild turkey to move away from people.

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How back-to-basics literacy and numeracy teaching transformed a struggling public school

When Manisha Gazula first took over as principal at one of Australia's most disadvantaged primary schools, a majority of students were moving on to high school with sub-par reading skills.

"If we were sending 100 kids to high school, 90 of them couldn't read or write as per their age — and that's failing those students," she said

Today Marsden Road Public School is a school transformed, with students achieving above the state average in writing and making above average progress in reading and numeracy.

Ms Gazula credits the shift to an approach to learning she calls the "Marsden Way".

Principal Manisha Gazula surrounded by happy-looking primary school kids in the school grounds.

About 90 per cent of the outer western Sydney school's students speak a language other than English and of those, 40 per cent have been speaking English for fewer than three years.

One in five students come from refugee backgrounds or have had "refugee-like experiences", Ms Gazula said.

"I've got students who have enrolled, 10 years old, and have never held a pencil or seen a book in their life," she added.

A group of primary school boys playing and jumping in the air on the concrete.

Today, every minute of the students' time is planned to make sure they make the most of their education.

At the beginning of the year all students get a two-week crash course in the Marsden Way, including basic skills such as learning to walk between classes quietly, in neat double lines, and to politely greet the teachers.

The time spent emphasising discipline has meant the school has one of the lowest suspension rates in the country.

"I don't accept mediocrity," Ms Gazula said.

"To say that our kids cannot perform, we cannot have the same expectations as the kids living on the other side of the bridge — I will not accept that."

Year 3 kids now outperforming the 'good schools'

The biggest change Ms Gazula made when she took over in 2016 was abandoning fashionable teaching practices like whole language.

Popular in the 1970s and still used in many schools today, whole learning's core philosophy is that reading is easy and natural, and students can teach themselves to read by being surrounded by good books.

A teacher stands in front of a class of year 1 students, pointing at her head, in front of a slide show about phonics.

Ms Gazula and many experts disagree, believing that reading is a difficult skill that must be explicitly taught.

"You wouldn't do that [whole learning] when you're trying to teach a child to play piano or to play any other instrument or to do something new — you would go step by step," Ms Gazula said.

"Yet when it comes to learning Maths or English, somehow we feel that different approaches are okay."

A recent Grattan Institute report sheeted home the blame for 30 per cent of Australian students not being able to read proficiently to whole language instruction.

It was no surprise to Ms Gazula, who adopted an explicit instruction teaching model known as the science of reading.

It takes the opposite approach to whole language – theorising that learning to read is hard and needs to be taught directly over two or three years.

The style incorporates old school practices — the teacher is firmly in charge — but it also incorporates the latest science on the way kids' brains best absorb new information.

Since adopting explicit instruction the school has transformed its NAPLAN results and sustained them, with life-changing results for students.

The school's year 3 and 5 students have outperformed the state in writing over the past three years, Ms Gazula said, and writing proficiency is over 60 per cent.

"So 60 per cent of year 3 kids — kids who couldn't speak English — are writing better than the so called good schools," Ms Gazula said.

Victor sits on a bench with his young son King George, both smling in front of a colourful painted mural.

Deputy Principal Troy Verey, who has been at the school for 11 years, said it was rewarding to see brighter futures.

"One of the aims at our school is we want a life of choice, not chance," he said.

"So if they know how to read and write and are numerate, they'll have more choices going ahead. Whether they want to be a tradie, whether they want to be a doctor."

Parents grateful for outstanding results

During a recent visit to the school the ABC met many parents who sung the Marsden Way's praises.

Ghanaian immigrant Victor Boateng is a huge fan of the school and what it has done for his four children.

"If they've got the good foundation, the numeracy and literacy, which is so important for them, you can go far," Mr Boateng said.

"Thanks to Marsden Road public school for helping me to shape my child, for helping me to bring up good kids."

Ashty Fathi stands behind her two sons, smiling in the school grounds, in a portrait-style photo.

Mum Ashty Fathi, pictured with her sons Omar (10) and Osman (5), likes the school's structure and routine.

Victor smiles in a portrait with his four children, who are wearing green school shirts.

Victor Boateng is a fan of what Marsden Road has done for his four children Anderson (year 6), Ruth (year 4), Alexander (year 2) and King George (kindergarten).

Jaclina Trpesk standing with her son Sashe Andonov on a footpath at school.

Mum Jaclina Trpeska, pictured with her son Sashe Andonov, initially planned to send her kids to private school, but is glad she chose Marsden Road.

After doing a work experience placement at Marsden Road, mum Ashty Fathi was so impressed she moved her oldest son to the school.

"I was determined to bring him here," she said.

"I wanted him to have the best education and I knew at Marsden Road they would provide that."

Mum Jaclina Trpeska is another thrilled parent, who is glad she didn't go through with her initial plan to send her two kids to private school.

"I have friends that live in the area and I've seen what their children do at school and when I show them what my kids are doing here they're shocked," she said.

"They say, 'Wow you're learning so much.'"

From struggling to 'punching above their weight'

The school also has some high-profile admirers like NSW Education Department Secretary Murat Dizdar, one of the most senior education bureaucrats in Australia.

He wants to replicate the Marsden Way elsewhere.

"The vast majority [of students] … are struggling with socio-economic complexity, and this school is punching above their weight," he said.

Ashty, wearing a hijab, sits next to her two young sons in a green school uniform.

Mr Dizdar, a former teacher who went to public school himself, is passionate about the transformative effect of a good education.

As a young educator aiming to move on from his housing commission upbringing, he worked two jobs, picking up early morning shifts as a garbage collector before travelling to the high school where he taught.

"Post code, socio-economic disadvantage, English as an additional language, new arrivals, refugees … need not be a barrier or an inhibitor to having a rich education passport," he said.

"In fact, education is the greatest leveller."

Murat Dizdar wearing a crisp navy blue suit, smiling and looking off camera.

ABC News can reveal Mr Dizdar is mandating that all teachers in New South Wales undertake explicit instruction training immediately after the Easter holidays.

"On day one, term two, which is a school development day, right across 2,200 schools, we will be undertaking explicit teaching learning, in every single school in New South Wales," Mr Dizdar said.

The teachers at Marsden Road hope it will lead to similar success at other schools.

"I tell the kids, 'I cannot change your family background or where you come from but what I can do is help you get out of that and make a better life for yourself'," Ms Gazula said.

"And parents want that too."

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What the Data Says About Pandemic School Closures, Four Years Later

The more time students spent in remote instruction, the further they fell behind. And, experts say, extended closures did little to stop the spread of Covid.

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By Sarah Mervosh ,  Claire Cain Miller and Francesca Paris

Four years ago this month, schools nationwide began to shut down, igniting one of the most polarizing and partisan debates of the pandemic.

Some schools, often in Republican-led states and rural areas, reopened by fall 2020. Others, typically in large cities and states led by Democrats, would not fully reopen for another year.

A variety of data — about children’s academic outcomes and about the spread of Covid-19 — has accumulated in the time since. Today, there is broad acknowledgment among many public health and education experts that extended school closures did not significantly stop the spread of Covid, while the academic harms for children have been large and long-lasting.

While poverty and other factors also played a role, remote learning was a key driver of academic declines during the pandemic, research shows — a finding that held true across income levels.

Source: Fahle, Kane, Patterson, Reardon, Staiger and Stuart, “ School District and Community Factors Associated With Learning Loss During the COVID-19 Pandemic .” Score changes are measured from 2019 to 2022. In-person means a district offered traditional in-person learning, even if not all students were in-person.

“There’s fairly good consensus that, in general, as a society, we probably kept kids out of school longer than we should have,” said Dr. Sean O’Leary, a pediatric infectious disease specialist who helped write guidance for the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommended in June 2020 that schools reopen with safety measures in place.

There were no easy decisions at the time. Officials had to weigh the risks of an emerging virus against the academic and mental health consequences of closing schools. And even schools that reopened quickly, by the fall of 2020, have seen lasting effects.

But as experts plan for the next public health emergency, whatever it may be, a growing body of research shows that pandemic school closures came at a steep cost to students.

The longer schools were closed, the more students fell behind.

At the state level, more time spent in remote or hybrid instruction in the 2020-21 school year was associated with larger drops in test scores, according to a New York Times analysis of school closure data and results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress , an authoritative exam administered to a national sample of fourth- and eighth-grade students.

At the school district level, that finding also holds, according to an analysis of test scores from third through eighth grade in thousands of U.S. districts, led by researchers at Stanford and Harvard. In districts where students spent most of the 2020-21 school year learning remotely, they fell more than half a grade behind in math on average, while in districts that spent most of the year in person they lost just over a third of a grade.

( A separate study of nearly 10,000 schools found similar results.)

Such losses can be hard to overcome, without significant interventions. The most recent test scores, from spring 2023, show that students, overall, are not caught up from their pandemic losses , with larger gaps remaining among students that lost the most ground to begin with. Students in districts that were remote or hybrid the longest — at least 90 percent of the 2020-21 school year — still had almost double the ground to make up compared with students in districts that allowed students back for most of the year.

Some time in person was better than no time.

As districts shifted toward in-person learning as the year went on, students that were offered a hybrid schedule (a few hours or days a week in person, with the rest online) did better, on average, than those in places where school was fully remote, but worse than those in places that had school fully in person.

Students in hybrid or remote learning, 2020-21

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Source: Burbio audit of more than 1,200 school districts representing 47 percent of U.S. K-12 enrollment. Note: Learning mode was defined based on the most in-person option available to students.

Income and family background also made a big difference.

A second factor associated with academic declines during the pandemic was a community’s poverty level. Comparing districts with similar remote learning policies, poorer districts had steeper losses.

But in-person learning still mattered: Looking at districts with similar poverty levels, remote learning was associated with greater declines.

A community’s poverty rate and the length of school closures had a “roughly equal” effect on student outcomes, said Sean F. Reardon, a professor of poverty and inequality in education at Stanford, who led a district-level analysis with Thomas J. Kane, an economist at Harvard.

Score changes are measured from 2019 to 2022. Poorest and richest are the top and bottom 20% of districts by percent of students on free/reduced lunch. Mostly in-person and mostly remote are districts that offered traditional in-person learning for more than 90 percent or less than 10 percent of the 2020-21 year.

But the combination — poverty and remote learning — was particularly harmful. For each week spent remote, students in poor districts experienced steeper losses in math than peers in richer districts.

That is notable, because poor districts were also more likely to stay remote for longer .

Some of the country’s largest poor districts are in Democratic-leaning cities that took a more cautious approach to the virus. Poor areas, and Black and Hispanic communities , also suffered higher Covid death rates, making many families and teachers in those districts hesitant to return.

“We wanted to survive,” said Sarah Carpenter, the executive director of Memphis Lift, a parent advocacy group in Memphis, where schools were closed until spring 2021 .

“But I also think, man, looking back, I wish our kids could have gone back to school much quicker,” she added, citing the academic effects.

Other things were also associated with worse student outcomes, including increased anxiety and depression among adults in children’s lives, and the overall restriction of social activity in a community, according to the Stanford and Harvard research .

Even short closures had long-term consequences for children.

While being in school was on average better for academic outcomes, it wasn’t a guarantee. Some districts that opened early, like those in Cherokee County, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, and Hanover County, Va., lost significant learning and remain behind.

At the same time, many schools are seeing more anxiety and behavioral outbursts among students. And chronic absenteeism from school has surged across demographic groups .

These are signs, experts say, that even short-term closures, and the pandemic more broadly, had lasting effects on the culture of education.

“There was almost, in the Covid era, a sense of, ‘We give up, we’re just trying to keep body and soul together,’ and I think that was corrosive to the higher expectations of schools,” said Margaret Spellings, an education secretary under President George W. Bush who is now chief executive of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Closing schools did not appear to significantly slow Covid’s spread.

Perhaps the biggest question that hung over school reopenings: Was it safe?

That was largely unknown in the spring of 2020, when schools first shut down. But several experts said that had changed by the fall of 2020, when there were initial signs that children were less likely to become seriously ill, and growing evidence from Europe and parts of the United States that opening schools, with safety measures, did not lead to significantly more transmission.

“Infectious disease leaders have generally agreed that school closures were not an important strategy in stemming the spread of Covid,” said Dr. Jeanne Noble, who directed the Covid response at the U.C.S.F. Parnassus emergency department.

Politically, though, there remains some disagreement about when, exactly, it was safe to reopen school.

Republican governors who pushed to open schools sooner have claimed credit for their approach, while Democrats and teachers’ unions have emphasized their commitment to safety and their investment in helping students recover.

“I do believe it was the right decision,” said Jerry T. Jordan, president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, which resisted returning to school in person over concerns about the availability of vaccines and poor ventilation in school buildings. Philadelphia schools waited to partially reopen until the spring of 2021 , a decision Mr. Jordan believes saved lives.

“It doesn’t matter what is going on in the building and how much people are learning if people are getting the virus and running the potential of dying,” he said.

Pandemic school closures offer lessons for the future.

Though the next health crisis may have different particulars, with different risk calculations, the consequences of closing schools are now well established, experts say.

In the future, infectious disease experts said, they hoped decisions would be guided more by epidemiological data as it emerged, taking into account the trade-offs.

“Could we have used data to better guide our decision making? Yes,” said Dr. Uzma N. Hasan, division chief of pediatric infectious diseases at RWJBarnabas Health in Livingston, N.J. “Fear should not guide our decision making.”

Source: Fahle, Kane, Patterson, Reardon, Staiger and Stuart, “ School District and Community Factors Associated With Learning Loss During the Covid-19 Pandemic. ”

The study used estimates of learning loss from the Stanford Education Data Archive . For closure lengths, the study averaged district-level estimates of time spent in remote and hybrid learning compiled by the Covid-19 School Data Hub (C.S.D.H.) and American Enterprise Institute (A.E.I.) . The A.E.I. data defines remote status by whether there was an in-person or hybrid option, even if some students chose to remain virtual. In the C.S.D.H. data set, districts are defined as remote if “all or most” students were virtual.

An earlier version of this article misstated a job description of Dr. Jeanne Noble. She directed the Covid response at the U.C.S.F. Parnassus emergency department. She did not direct the Covid response for the University of California, San Francisco health system.

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‘Praise Jesus they are on spring break’: Storm rips roof off elementary school

PROCTORVILLE, Ohio ( WSAZ /Gray News) – An elementary school in Ohio was severely damaged during Tuesday’s storms.

A portion of the roof at Fairland West Elementary School in Proctorville was ripped off as powerful winds moved over the region on Tuesday afternoon.

Fortunately, the students were on spring break.

No injuries were reported.

In a public Facebook post , one parent shared photos of the damaged classroom, writing, “Praise Jesus they are on spring break this week. Trying hard not to imagine all the terrified babies that could have been in there.”

Due to the severe damage, plans are being made to move students to another building temporarily.

Students will not report to school on Monday to allow teachers time to set up temporary classrooms, school officials say.

The local parent-teacher organization has set up a GoFundMe page to help clean up the school and get teachers back in their classrooms.

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Atlantic City principal charged with failing to report child abuse

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ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (WPVI) -- The principal of Atlantic City High School has been charged with misconduct and failure to report child abuse.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's office says Constance Days-Chapman did not report allegations of abuse to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

Authorities say on January 22, a juvenile at the high school told a staff member that they had been emotionally and physically abused by their parents.

The student also said they had previously told the principal about the abuse.

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Days-Chapman allegedly denied previously knowing about the abuse but told colleagues she would report it to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

Instead, authorities said Days-Chapman went to the home of the student's parents to discuss it with them.

According to court documents, the principal failed to notify the proper welfare authorities "for the purpose to benefit the juvenile's parents by hindering the detection and investigation of the juvenile's parents for child abuse."

Action News talked to Joanne Salvato, whose granddaughter attends Atlantic City High School.

"I'm shocked. I didn't know. They don't go sending a leaflet telling you anything like that," said Salvato.

We tried to reach out to Days-Chapman for comment, but we didn't hear back.

We also didn't hear back from the Atlantic City School District.

DCP &P said due to confidentiality requirements, they cannot confirm if an investigation was ever made on behalf of that student.

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New research from the Education Review Office (ERO) has found that disruptive behaviour in New Zealand’s classrooms is worse than in other countries. Photo / 123rf.com

A lack of support for students suffering abuse and trauma is to blame for disruptive behaviour in classrooms, Northland principals say.

Their concern comes after the Education Review Office (ERO) found in its latest Behaviour in Classrooms report that New Zealand’s classroom behaviour is worse than other countries .

Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association president and Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman said many students had “high-end behaviour” as a result of years of abuse and trauma.

“And such behaviours in many cases are an act of defence.”

In Newman’s 51 years of experience, he found the big issue was the lack of access to resources such as an in-school child psychologist or counsellor in every school.

The ERO report supported Newman’s concern as one of its key findings suggested that, from a pool of 1557 teachers and 547 principals surveyed, 39 per cent of teachers and 49 per cent of principals struggled to access the expert support they needed.

It also noted that such access issues were particularly bad for schools in low socioeconomic communities and secondary institutions.

Ruakākā School principal Helen Kinsey-Wightman said it had several students with special needs who required additional support and monitoring. Despite the school’s requests, it had yet to be given a psychologist and counsellor.

Kinsey-Wightman said children who did not receive such support often ended up disrupting and distracting classes.

The ERO report stated 47 per cent of teachers said they spent 40 to 50 minutes a day or more responding to challenging behaviour, which limited the time available to teach and had a big impact on student enjoyment.

Newman said he wanted the public to understand that challenging behaviours were not about students being naughty and carrying out harmless pranks or sulking in classrooms.

“It’s about children who are seriously disturbed. We are talking about kids carrying anything from knives and weapons and throwing heavy items like a television and computers causing damage.”

Newman believed that, while Covid-19 may have played a role in the increase of disruptive children in classrooms, the declining “socioeconomics” within several communities were to blame.

ERO reported that 40 per cent of teachers from schools in low socioeconomic communities experienced challenging behaviour almost daily, compared with 23 per cent from high socioeconomic areas.

Newman said what disappointed him most was Education Minister Erica Stanford’s response about better teacher training being the way forward.

Her statement came after ERO said fewer than 45 per cent of teachers reported feeling capable of managing behaviours in the classroom.

Newman said it would take five years or more to see the results of the training.

“She needs to understand that it’s just not the matter of teachers but of successive governments who have failed to put in the support structure to help manage such behaviours.”

New Zealand Principals’ Federation president Leanne Otene felt schools would continue to struggle and have their classes disrupted without educational specialists and therapists.

She suggested a system of smaller classes and more teacher aides should be provided during the time it would take to provide specialists.

Without the support system to access experts, schools would not be able to implement excellent policies and plans for behaviour management, she said.

Avneesh Vincent is the crime and emergency services reporter at the Northern Advocate . He was previously at the Gisborne Herald as the arts and environment reporter and is passionate about covering stories that can make a difference. He joined NZME in July 2023.

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UVALDE, Texas (Gray News) - Families who lost loved ones in the 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary School are fed up.

They want the Uvalde City Council to reject a city-commissioned report that essentially clears the officers who responded to the shooting of wrongdoing.

But the families face more obstacles after the sudden resignation of Mayor Cody Smith.

“It’s just an ongoing one thing after another,” an unnamed Uvalde resident said.

Uvalde City Council has yet to vote to accept or reject a city-funded report that cleared...

Uvalde parents said it’s the same story every time.

“Y’all keep saying, ‘Give us time, give us time.’ You’ve had two years,” said Jesse Rizo, the uncle of Jackie Cazares, one of the 21 victims who died at Robb Elementary on May 24, 2022.

Other reports have faulted the police response to the Robb Elementary school shooting, which was called a “failure” by Attorney General Merrick Garland in a Department of Justice investigation.

Because of the failed response, 33 students and three teachers, many of whom were shot, “were trapped in a room with an active shooter for over an hour as law enforcement officials remained outside.”

But the report from an investigator commissioned by the city council found that the city’s officers did not violate policies, and in some cases, praised their actions, the Associated Press said.

The Uvalde City Council was supposed to bring its contested investigation into the Robb Elementary School shooting up for a vote Tuesday to accept or reject the investigation. That didn’t happen.

Instead, newly elected Mayor Cody Smith announced his resignation over health issues.

“Within the last two weeks, we have had our police chief resign, and now our mayor has resigned,” a resident said.

“The families do not have the ability to check out and resign and go home and heal. It’s forever going to be a void,” Rizo said. “Mr. Smith, we wish him the best, but unfortunately, not everybody has that same ability.”

Families who want the city council to dismiss the city’s report clearing officers of wrongdoing said they are left feeling frustrated by all the delays.

“We see who is mayor pro-tem now. His nephew is one of the constables that we have talked about. And you think he is going to give us a fair shake after we have been dogging on his nephew that wouldn’t go in the damn classrooms?” A Uvalde resident said.

Mayor Pro-Tem Everardo Zamora was asked when the investigation will be voted on.

“It’s going to be up to the lawyers, thank you,” he said.

Zamora will serve as Smith’s replacement until the election in November.

Copyright 2024 Gray Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved. KENS via CNN Newsource contributed to this report.

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