Can a parent demand a meeting with only the teacher present?     I have a parent that has a history of bullying teachers and refusing to meet with anyone but the teacher.  He refuses to let...

Can a parent demand a meeting with only the teacher present? 

 

 

I have a parent that has a history of bullying teachers and refusing to meet with anyone but the teacher.  He refuses to let my supervisor sit in on the meeting. What are my rights?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Are you a member of your Teacher Union?  If so, you have the right to have a Union representative present regardless of the parent's opinion.  If you are  not, you still have the right to request support from your administration and/or guidance counselor.  I have had many meetings with parents--alone and with a member of admin present--you can never be sure how the meeting will turn out.  As a teacher of almost 16 years' experience, I would recommend that you always have someone on your side at the meeting.  Otherwise, it could turn into a "your word against the parent's word" situation.  As a teacher, you can refuse to meet with a parent if there is not a member of admin also present.   Be prepared with examples of the student's work, your grading policy, and a printout of the progress report with poor grades highlighted.  If it is more a discipline issue than a grade issue, be sure you have your parent contact log, evidence of referrals, seating chart changes, all of the modifications you have made in order to improve the situation.  Be as prepared and professional as you can be before the meeting begins, and attend it with your support team.  Don't lose your temper in the meeting...take a deep breath before speaking, and begin with, "I'm sorry you feel that way, but..."

Good Luck!