Parents, Teachers, Schools Communicating Online

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In just about 15 minutes, I'll join the parents of Crocker Highlands Elementary School, where my daughter will begin second grade, in finding out her classroom assignment.

As is the tradition every year, parents and students are standing around the entrance of the school right now, where the students' names will be listed under their new teachers. I can't join them in person this year since I'm still at work, but if everything goes according to plan, we'll find out at the same time.

The school is sending our Yahoo email group the password to the page on the website that lists the classroom assignment.

Even if school administrators were not able to provide this convenience for those who couldn't be there, I would have texted friends to find out. But it bears noting that the school website is able to bring the community together even for those who can't be physically present. And for that, I'm grateful.