Liberty Elementary improves communication for parents

This school year Liberty Elementary is making it easier for parents to keep up with what’s going on in their children’s classrooms.

Parents’ schedules can be busy, making it hard to keep up with what their children are doing at school. However, Liberty is changing that

"Kids now, they get home from school, you say how was your day and you get nothing," Liberty resident Amanda Gibbs said. "Sometimes they talk to you, sometimes they don’t."

Gibbs is a mother of three children and is always on the go, due to a hectic extra-curricular schedule. It’s hard for her to keep up with what her children are doing in the classroom, but not anymore. 

"The app is great," Gibbs said. "The teachers send the notes home in the backpacks the first couple of days of school, you download the app directly to your smart phone, you can just tap the button on your phone and know exactly what’s going on in your kid’s classroom at all times." 

The app is called ClassDoJo, something that’s been around Liberty Elementary for a couple years. But this year is finally being used as the main way of communication between teachers and parents.

Elizabeth Bailey teaches fourth grade and takes full advantage of the app. 

"It’s so beneficial," Bailey said. "Parents get the message right away, so if I need to say something to them, it’s a quick, constant reminder. I also send out any health issues, anything like that, it’s an immediate feedback."

Parents aren’t the only ones benefiting. New this year, students are able to log on and post videos and look back at projects. This is something Gibbs is excited for. 

"I haven’t seen any of that yet, haven’t had any of the student interaction yet, but that would be fantastic, to get little messages throughout the day of your own child. Like hey, this is what I’m working on, this is really cool," Gibbs said.

The app is open to any family members of the student and teachers said it is not a substitution for parent/teacher conferences, as teachers say they help parents and students come in, already knowing what their student has been doing.  

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