School year, disrupted: regain control as a parent

If your child’s school year is disrupted, you worry whether your child will pass this school year. Use this 4-step plan to get a
grip of the situation!

School year, disrupted: a 4-step plan to regain control over your child’s education
If you move across borders, you will likely have to deal with an educational system you’re not familiar with. As if that isn’t
difficult enough, some international relocations are scheduled in the middle of the school year. Even if you’re relocating
during the summer break, though, there are other factors that can disrupt a child’s education. In 2019-2020, for example, the
corona virus has led schools across the globe to close their doors. Parents everywhere worry about the same thing: Will my
child pass this school year? And if they do, will they have achieved their annual educational goals?

Get a grip of the situation in 4 steps
As a parent, you can’t change a school’s policy. It’s especially difficult to deal with disruptive circumstances when you’re
currently in a country you haven’t always called home. You don’t know the educational system very well, and you’re far from
relatives and friends who can support you. Yet there is a way to get a grip of the situation: you can ask the right questions to
make your child’s school and the school board aware of your concerns, clarifying you want to be involved in and stay
informed about your child’s education.

Where to start? In this article, we will lay out a 4-step plan that can serve as your guide in disruptive times. Each step is
a question you can ask to regain control over your child’s education. Read the full whitepaper here.

1. Which requirements should my child meet to pass this school year, and how are students evaluated by the end of the year?
At the earliest opportunity, check in with your child’s school and ask whether it intends to change the requirements for a
child to pass. If so, familiarize yourself with the new criteria.

2. Has my child developed in accordance with criteria set by the school?
Most schools work with a standard curriculum. But that doesn’t mean all students develop at the same pace. If the school
year has been disrupted by an external event, it’s wise to check where your child is at in terms of development: what
subjects do they excel at and what subjects do they struggle with?

3. What can I expect from my child’s school?
When the corona virus hit, schools in many countries closed. Stopgap measures sprang up like mushrooms, as they’d had little
time to prepare for what was coming. On top of that, schools often report that 20% of parents take up 80% of their time.
What does this mean? Well, you should respect that the school and your child’s teachers work as hard as they can. On the
other hand, you need to make sure you understand what you can expect.

4. What if the school can’t meet my child’s unique needs despite making every effort to do so?
Gather information from reliable sources, such as the national Ministry of Education, the school inspectorate, or the local
government. Do public organizations provide any solutions?
Also check whether there are private initiatives whose quality has been verified by relevant authorities. In many countries,
this is your route to quality educational solutions that are offered at relatively low cost.

This article was originally published as a whitepaper. Read the full content of the whitepaper here.