Department of Defense Education Activity

Parent, Sponsor, and Guardian Responsibility

Caring adults play an important role in each student’s education. Best practice and research indicates that students do best when they receive additional support and guidance from an adult who will make a commitment to routinely.

Monitor Student Computer Time and Daily Work

Each student is unique in their learning needs--and their learning needs may not match our own!  For example, does your child do best when learning in a quiet space or does he or she do best when in a space with a little bit of distraction?  If students work in their own room, ensuring that they are spending time in the courseware is important. Sometimes, the best space for work is the kitchen or dining room table where students have ready access to an adult.

Monitor Student Weekly Progress and Grades

  • Parents can monitor student work in Schoology using their student's login information.
  • Each course contains a weekly assignment schedule with required activities and due dates.
  • Is your student staying on track and progressing well? Checking on your student’s progress in Schoology is an important step to ensure students have completed their weekly work for every parent. 
  • In addition to using Schoology, parents of students enrolled in grades 4-8 have access to a parent account with the official DoDEA grade program, GradeSpeed. 
  • Utilizing the information found in Schoology and GradeSpeed, engage in a weekly conversation with your student about their progress and goals.
  • To obtain a GradeSpeed parent account, please contact your local school.

For parents of students in grades K-8, communication with your student’s teacher is absolutely essential. Don’t forget to reach out to your student’s teacher with any questions or concerns.

Help with Course Navigation

The Virtual School will provide an orientation designed to help students navigate Schoology and their individual courses.  While teachers do offer navigational help, it may not always be possible for your student’s teacher to meet with your student at the moment they are challenged.  Until they are fully familiarized with the routines of navigation, they may need some help from you!  

Communicate with Teacher(s) Regularly 

Our philosophy is built upon the idea that healthy relationships provide a necessary component to effective teaching and learning!  Your student’s teacher is eager to build a relationship with both your student and with you.  Remember to reach out whenever you have questions or concerns or celebrations to share.

Parent Communication

Questions and Concerns

Parents who have questions and/or concerns should first contact their student's teacher(s). Parents are encouraged to seek immediate resolution of problems. Prompt action can frequently prevent complications and more serious problems later on.  

Contacting the Teacher

Parents are encouraged to email the teacher directly for a comment, question, or concern. Teacher contact information and office hours can be found in each course within Schoology. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are held virtually at the end of the first grading period. Additional meetings to discuss concerns, questions, and student progress may be scheduled at any time during the semester. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's teacher as soon as questions arise. Requests for conferences may also be directed to the assistant principal for coordination with the teacher.