2. Work out process with the school
Early withdrawal from a school is fairly easy, but timing is critical. Parents will have to consider the school’s policy on early withdrawal before they move. In most secondary schools, a child will lose credits if they are withdrawn from school before semester ends – even just a few days. The child will have to do extra work online or during the summer to catch up with their peers. Postponing moving until the very last day of winter break creates tight timelines at the next location. Knowing the policies and doing due diligence with teachers and administrative staff will only work to your advantage in the long run.
- Meet with the teacher before withdrawing from school. This meeting is important. A parent needs to find and document the child’s academic strengthens and weaknesses before the PCS. Take detailed notes, take photos of textbook covers and ask for work samples still remaining in the classroom. Similar to a Parent-Teacher Conference, you’ll need to be prepared before the meeting.
- School records – ask the school for official or unofficial copies of school records so you may carry them with you. If the school says you are unable to take a set of records with you, they are wrong. All public schools will accept unofficial transcripts and records at registration. (see MIC3.net)
- Ask how to purchase a school annual or yearbook. This may not be right for every one child, but collecting yearbooks are a way children can connect with a past through pictures. Although the annuals will not be available until spring, inquire now about how to purchase one – get on the list. Chances are there are great photos of your child in clubs, activities and with their friends.