DISD needs better communication

By Lance Sears | Published Saturday, January 12, 2019

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After moving cross country several times, my wife and I settled in this area back in 2012. Having three children (and added another since being here), we were very excited about the statistics and programs Decatur ISD offered. With children in every level of the education system (elementary, middle and high schools), we have met some wonderful people and amazing staff along the way.

Our son has been in six different school districts in three different states from kindergarten to high school, and this has been the least informed my wife and I have ever been. Over the past few years, we have continually been frustrated over the lack of communication at every level. Whether it is an academic UIL tryout or a parent meeting for an upcoming sports season, DISD does not know how to communicate.

Twenty years ago everything was printed on paper and sent home with students. Apparently with the digital age everyone is just supposed to know which app or social platform each different organization is using. We have some staffers who want you to be on Remind, others want you to be on social media, and others just want to tell the kids and let them pass along the message.

Most recently we were very disturbed when the middle school was put on lockdown, and rather than hearing from the district what was going on, I found out about it on social media from other parents whose children texted them. It was not until much later that we were officially told by DISD or Decatur Police Department.

When it comes to my children, I expect more out of those that we grant charge of. Can we all go back to the basics of the 5W’s, and inform everyone concerned with all pertinent information via one platform with as much advance notice as possible?

All parents should know in advance who, what, when, where and why from anyone that we are giving permission to care for our children. Make it a district policy that all departments must follow.

Lance Sears

P.S. Every other organization – youth and adult – in Wise County should do the same. Whether you are a sports association or a church group, assuming parents should know to follow you on social media does not help you nor increase your participants. Good old face-to-face interactions or putting it in a person’s hand is the best way to insure they get it.

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