As a first year teacher, I was very surprised to find out that our school email addresses are not available to parents. If they want to contact us, they are to call and leave a message, and we are to check voicemail and return all calls at 3:30pm every day. I am really concerned that my communication with parents will not be as good as it should be without email. Here is my reasoning for why I think this is a horribly outdated policy: 1) The types of parents we have are business people who often travel. I don't think it is easy for them to make time to call us during the day, and even less easy for them to be free at 3:30pm for me to call them back. 2) Email documents everything for you. Phone calls don't. 3) Another new teacher and I asked if we could give ours out because we feel it would aide our communication with parents. We were told no because if we did it, then all the teachers would have to do it or the parents would complain about the ones not available. Doesn't this sound like laziness on the part of the teachers/admin who have been there before us? We also do not have class websites and were told not to create one (on Scholastic or the like) for the same reason. Am I crazy, or is this common practice? And do you think I should go ahead and give mine out anyway? Or give them a personal email address that I only use for teacher stuff anyway? Thanks!