The About.com Special Needs Children blog had an interesting post today from writer Terry Mauro on the importance of parents attending their child's back to school night. She says more and more parents are skipping out on the annual rite of passage, as it appears busy schedules or plain disinterest are at play.
I can't say that I'm surprised, though it still is disheartening that so many parents don't or can't make the time to attend. Mauro provides a list of 10 reasons why back to school night is a must for parents. Mauro speaks from the special needs angle, but I write about it here in the Daily Routes blog because it rings true for all parents, especially those whose kids ride the school bus.
One evening a year is not too much to ask to get to know your child's teachers, the parents of your child's classmates. It's a great opportunity to see your child's classroom(s) and gauge the type of learning environment available to them. My question is, how many back to school nights also include school bus drivers? Despite budget cuts, I think it would be a great idea for schools to find the money to pay drivers for two extra hours to attend back to school night and to make themselves available to parents. It would be doubly grand if the school could incorporate some sort of school bus introduction or training for those parents whose kids ride yellow. Perhaps it's already done. I'd love to hear about it.