Parents should stay positive and communicate with schools

By on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – The new school year starts soon, as students return to brick and mortar buildings after a strange year. InterMountain Education Service District Superintendent Mark Mulvihill says parents should be alert to possible problems.

“Listen to your child,” he said. “Trust them. Put a positive on it, because the kids will adapt. If we’re wearing masks in the fall, kids will figure it out and they’ll be okay. But they have a tough time if the adult interplay in the background is not positive.”

Mulvihill said that when parents have a problem they should take it to the school immediately.

“When you’re having a problem, do you go and talk to someone rather than text them, rather than get on Facebook,” he asked.

He said parents with school-based problems should go to the school, talk to those involved, and listen to their perspectives.

“I can’t fix a problem unless I know about it,” he said.