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Posted on October 14, 2019 3:08 am
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Carla Crumb
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Phone Numbers
Is it appropriate for parents to have our personal cell phone numbers? Is there a cut off time when talking to parents when we are off work?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 14, 2019 3:45 pm

uqaTaq
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Giving away your personal cell phone number is up to the discretion of the teacher. There are many other messaging apps available that can be implemented in the classroom, aside from using emails. ClassDojo is a common one, as well as Remind 101.
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yperyH
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I believe this si the best approach to the problem
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Solution 2
Posted October 14, 2019 3:15 am

Brittany
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Depending on the grade level you teach, I would look into using class dojo the app. It lets you give out points for student behavior (good/bad) and the parents are able to go on the students profile and see how their child was throughout school, but it also lets you communicate back and forth through messaging.
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Solution 3
Posted February 22, 2020 5:10 pm

TOliver
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A solution would be to develop a cut off time when talking to parents especially when off work like around 6 pm. It is not a requirement as a teacher to be available to parents 24/7. You are entitled to have personally time for yourself and your family as well. Whether or not you give parents your personal phone number is entirely up to you but if you have created a format for parents to contact you why would you give them your personal cell number?
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Solution 4
Posted October 21, 2019 12:52 am

ByteNy
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I think it depends on the teacher. However there are other forms of communication that can be used interchangeably to phone numbers. Such as dojo.
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Solution 5
Posted February 19, 2020 6:41 pm

RamaJe
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I think that this is up to the teacher if they want their parents to have their personal phone number. If you give out your personal phone number parents may not respect the time of day that they call you or send you text messages.
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Solution 6
Posted February 23, 2020 2:46 pm

Nykisha Davis
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Giving your personal cell phone number is up to the individual teacher. If you choose to give your number then yes there should be a cut off time , if you give the parent your number then implement boundaries that are respectful.
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Solution 7
Posted February 17, 2020 5:44 pm

Desiree Boyd
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Parents having teachers personal phone number is not the issue, this happens all the time, but the issue comes when the conservations extend more then professional and strictly about school and the student.
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Solution 8
Posted February 23, 2020 7:11 pm

ePegej
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I think it is up to the teacher if they want to give out their personal number. It might be more beneficial to use a different app for work-related conversations.
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Solution 9
Posted February 24, 2020 2:10 am

Samantha Mayhew
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I don't believe there are rules against giving out personal phone numbers to parents, but it is up to the teacher whether that is something they want to share with parents. Sometimes urgent issues in the family might occur causing the parent to want to notify the teacher as soon as possible, rather than through an email that might not be seen. I would give parents both my email and phone number, letting them know that the phone number is only to be used for urgent messages. But then again, it is up to the discretion of the teacher.
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Solution 10
Posted February 24, 2020 10:10 pm

XuBety
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it is when it is school hours but if their texting or calling you after hours of work are over send out a kind email saying only contact my personal phone during this time.
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Solution 11
Posted March 2, 2020 9:41 pm

qyryTe
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I personally would only do it if I knew that the parent was not going to abuse it. I would say around 6 pm is a good cutoff time unless it is an emergency.
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