The procedure for conferences at our school is that the parent/counselor/teacher requests a conference, and all the student's teachers meet with the parent to discuss grades and/or behavior. Generally, conferences last around 20 minutes, with each teacher taking a turn saying how things are going in his/her class. The mother of one of my students scheduled a parent/teacher conference for this afternoon. All the teachers were there waiting for the mom to show up; she never did. Parents not showing up for the conferences they schedule happens a lot. I'd say that more than half the conferences scheduled for me result in no-shows. I have no idea why parents never seem to show up. I'm sure that sometimes they're running late--but we can't wait around forever, or even for a short time really. Being 10 minutes late for a conference means that it won't happen! We have to get to class or go home for the day! Does this happen at your school?