Students and parents often have high expectations and hopes for a new school year. But without a plan, it’s easy for the new school year to turn into a nightmare for everyone. Before you know it, your child may be struggling and wondering why you haven’t noticed that your child is struggling with their daily school skills.
One way to avoid these problems is to have a school contract in effect at the beginning of the school year, at the beginning of a new term, or simply when you think the time has come to do so. A parent- student contract can help you and your student child stay focused and begin communicating about any challenges you encounter both now and in the future. It also serves as a reminder of the responsibilities that each of you have regarding their school work … Because in reality, the maximum responsibility is and will always be your child.
SCHOOL CONTRACT BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN
Next we are going to explain a type of school contract that you can use with your children and that of course, you can modify it to adapt it to your particular situation. You will need to make sure to update the contract as necessary, whenever circumstances and challenges change.
Keep the contract posted somewhere where the two of you can see it daily and review it if necessary. The contract can serve as a gentle reminder to everyone of their school responsibilities.
- I will help my son as a school counselor whenever he needs it. I will visit their teachers and learn about what they are working on in class by reviewing the curriculum.
- I will provide all necessary materials for the school, whenever they are needed.
- I will help my child determine if he will need new clothes for school.
- I will complete all school forms in a timely manner so my child can return them quickly.
- I will periodically review my child’s homework to make sure they are not struggling.
- If my child needs help, I will work with him or find a tutor or teacher to help my child overcome the obstacle he encounters in school.
- I will provide positive feedback and appreciation for my son’s hard work. I will not reprimand my child for struggling on a test or having trouble with a class.
- I will provide healthy snacks and breakfast options after school for my child.
- I will give my child the opportunity to tackle assignments and projects without unnecessary interference. I will help when asked, but I will refrain from taking care of it so that my son can do the work on his own and learn from the experience.
- I will stay informed about school events, field trips, and other activities.
- I will give my son more and more independence depending on his maturity and circumstances.
- I will keep my parents informed about school events, class projects, and other school responsibilities as they learn about them.
- I will make homework a priority and start my job without being told.
- I will let my parents know if I am falling behind in class or if a subject is costing me too much.
- I will notify my parents if I am being bullied at school or on the school bus.
- I will try to eat a healthy breakfast and pack a healthy lunch for school.
- I will not engage in dangerous practices or behaviors that could harm me, such as drinking, smoking, or harassing others.
- I won’t wait until the last minute to study for a test, write a paper, or do a project.
- I will not cheat, plagiarize, or allow others to cheat with my work.
- I will respect my teachers and other members of the school staff.