Expat guide on parents participation
Parents participation is an important influence in helping their children achieve high academic standards. When schools and parents work together to help children learn, and when parents participate in school activities and decision-making about their children’s education, children achieve at higher levels.
In all Dutch schools, every parent/guardian is a member of the Parent’s Support Group. Usually, each class has an elected parent representative, and parent representatives meet regularly with the Participation Council. Parents are a part of the school, members of the local community, and important representatives of the schools and identity.
- In case of a concern or complaint, the matter is first discussed with the child’s teacher. If the matter is not resolved, there will be a discussion with the Mentor (Secondary School) or Leader for Learning. If, after seeing the Leader for Learning, there is no resolution, next is the Headmaster. You should contact the school to schedule a date and time convenient to all participants. In the event the matter is still unresolved after its referral to the school management, it can be addressed to the school’s Confidentiality Person, an external Confidentality Person or the Esprit Executive Board.
- You should notify the school immediately about any changes of address or telephone numbers.
- You should inform the school office staff in writing about any medical issues or other special needs that your child may have.
- Check in at the Reception Desk upon arrival at the school.
- In order to maintain a relaxed and safe atmosphere at school, your children should not take the following items to school: pets, cigarettes or any other tobacco products, alcohol, drugs or weapons. Students should repect the school’s clear guidelines for the use of mobile phones, iPods et cetera.
If one parent has been awarded custody of a child and the non-custodial parent has custodial limitations, a copy of the custodial order should be provided to the school principal. If a child is not to be dismissed to the care of any other adult, specific written information must be provided for the school. Requests by non-custodial parents for copies of report cards, etc. should be put in writing.
In addition, each school sends a specific newsletter every trimester, in which parents can follow the extracurricular activities organized by the school, as well as information on parents participation.