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Results of Parent Survey Regarding School Communication Practices

Greetings Parents and/or Guardians,
During the 2016-17 school year we asked parents to complete a brief online survey which would provide us feedback regarding our current methods of communicating with you and keeping you informed. The reason for seeking this feedback was to gain an understanding of what you believe to be current strong communication practices implemented by the District and which areas you feel are in need of improvement. I would like to thank those of you that participated in the survey. We ended up with a total of 63 parent responses.
The survey asked the following 8 questions (with the responses included):

1.How often do you typically receive information from your child's school or from the district (Augusta Area School District) during an average year via email, phone, notes, etc?
o68% indicated they receive information more than 15 times a year o6% indicated they receive information 11-15 times a year o21% indicated they receive information 6-10 times a year o…
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