Lynchburg City Schools starts new series of ‘Community Conversations’

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Lynchburg City Schools (LCS) held the first of a series of “Community Conversations” on Monday night.

The district began the series before the pandemic began, but had to stop due to restrictions due to COVID-19.

According to the LCS director of equity and community relations, Ethel Reeves, “We find that when our families are engaged, academic success increases, attendance increases, students become very positive contributing citizens and we want to see more of that.”

On Monday, Oct. 25, school officials gave parents some tips on what they can do to work with schools and get involved. Their number one tip is creating an open and honest dialogue between parents and teachers.

“That’s the worst feeling in the world when you can’t help your own children, but you don’t know who in school might be able to,” said LCS Superintendent Dr. Crystal Edwards.

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Reeves added that right now is an incredibly important time for parents to get involved.

“It’s always important. We really wanted to make sure, even in times of COVID, that we connected with our families,” said Reeves. “Families are important to the success of our students.”

She recommends paying attention to how students are acting at home because, most likely, it’ll have an impact on their education.

Parents who spoke up at the meeting suggested events involving parents, teachers, and students, like community dinners. Others said they would like to get to know their kids’ teachers better.

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