This year, I made a classroom website where I write what we did that day in class, upload any worksheets or information sheets I handed out and post the homework assignment. I sent home a note explaining the website and asked that the bottom portion be signed and returned. So far, it seems to be working well. One of my students has been missing a lot of time lately due to medical appointments. She is very behind in my class and our first test is Monday. I told the student on Thursday that I would be available to help her at lunch on Thursday and Friday to help her get caught up. Thursday she chose not to stay at lunch and ended up getting in a scuffle with another student. Her mom let her stay home on Friday because of this (therefore missing the extra help on Friday as well). Well, Friday afternoon, this student and her mom show up at my classroom door so that Mom could explain why she was missing so much school, etc. Mom also said that she would be missing some more time in the near future for another medical procedure and asked if I could get some material ready for her before she left. I told the mom that I would try, but if I didn't, everything would be on the website. Mom said "Oh, I didn't realize you had a website." Her daughter looked at her like she was crazy and said "Mom, you signed the sheet!" Mom argued with the kid that she had not seen any sheet and that the kid must not have given it to her, and asked me to check and see if I had received it so that she could prove her daughter wrong. Off I went to my filing cabinet and returned with the sheet signed by mom. I'm not a parent, so I don't know, but do parents not READ what they are being asked to sign?