We are on the cusp of the new school year just as COVID numbers are once again rising in our state. This inevitably brings uncertainty and fear for both school staff and caregivers. It also means keeping all stakeholders informed on the most up-to-date information and school policies will be crucial. The question is: how will you communicate that information? These days, so many tools abound that you can use to quickly spread information. Will you use the tried-and-true methods, will you venture out and try new tools or will you stick with ones you prefer?
Whatever your choice, you should consider surveying your community first to make sure you use the tools they're already using. For example, you may love Facebook, but if your families don't use it, you'll be wasting valuable time populating a site they aren't reading.
So what are some other great tools you could be using to creatively reach your parents and guardians?
Whatever platforms you choose to use--whether it's those listed above or communicating through a basic website, on one or more social media platforms or any other tools, don't feel like you have to use them all. It's more important you choose ones you are comfortable with and ones your families use. Then use them consistently.
We don't know for certain what the start of school will look like this year, but we can help lessen the stress for staff and families by making sure we keep everyone in the loop. Accurate, timely communication can go a long way to building trust, showing transparency and creating bonds so no one feels alone.
Please let me know if you have questions about a certain communication tool or need assistance. We will be with you every step of the way.
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