The school is your child’s second home and as such he will be spending a great number of hours inside this institution. Make sure he is familiar with these people whom he will meet everyday in school, and that he is aware where to get help from if he needs it:
1. The Principal or School Director He or she is the one in charge of the whole school operation, particularly concerning academics and student activities. She plans, implements and evaluate programs and deals with almost everyone in the school – students, teachers, parents, staff, etc. You may seek help from the principal on matters concerning school rules, program development and other areas that cannot be decided upon by teachers or other school personnel. Introduce your child to the principal by telling him that she is the head of the teachers, or the ‘boss’ of everyone in the school.
2. Level Coordinators For most medium-sized or big schools, level coordinators are the middle managers who play a major role in the daily rudiments of school life. They are in charge of a group of teachers, e.g. pre-school, primary, middle school, and high school. If you have questions regarding activities in your child’s level and concerns about your child or your child’s teacher, it is best to seek the help of the coordinator. Ask your child to approach their coordinator as they are the best person to ask for help in their daily school life, in case their teacher is not available.
3. Guidance Counselor The guidance counselor ensures your child’s socio-emotional welfare and assists in developing self-awareness, decision-making, and their capabilities to handle stresses. You may seek the counselor’s help if you have noted behavioral concerns or changes that are affecting their studies and overall wellbeing. If you have concerns at home that may affect your child’s school life or problems of your child in school affecting how he is at home, you may seek the counselor’s help in identifying the concerns and recommending appropriate intervention to address the child’s needs. Let your child seek out his counselor and assure him that this is the person he can talk to outside of the home about his problems or things that are bothering him, and that his secrets are safe with the counselor.