So, kid, you thought you’d get away with slacking off at school? Thought Mom and Dad wouldn’t notice you’ve been skipping chemistry class?
The Papillion-La Vista schools are giving parents in the suburban Omaha district the keys to technology that will help keep tabs on their children’s grades, attendance, assignments and class schedules.
The district is making all of the information available through a new computer application to parents with smartphones and similar devices. There’s even a way to customize the app to generate an alert if grades fall too far.
According to the school district’s research, 79 percent of parents have mobile devices, and a growing number of people have phones with Internet access rather than Internet in the homes. And several other metro-area school districts are considering such technology.
The real promise of this new app-centered approach to academic checks is the potential it provides to increase parental involvement, which is one of the best ways to improve a child’s academic performance.
Teachers, principals and superintendents know that if you want a child to do better in school, getting parents to buy-in is a big help.
So, kid, understand this before you choose to skip study hall: Mom and Dad will find out. And that’s a good thing.