School principals--150 of them--staff the phone bank. Their purpose is to ease difficulties and encourage better understanding between schools and families. Parents who are curious, troubled, or simply need reassurance regarding their child's education may speak confidentially with a principal or get specialized advice from a school psychologist from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Call toll free (800) 944-1601 during the following days and (Central) times:
Sunday, March 21, 2-8 p.m.
Monday, March 22, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Tuesday, March 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cosponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, TIAA-CREF, and Family Circle magazine, the hotline averages hundreds of calls each year. Topics of calls range from children's reading problems to discipline policies, tests, learning difficulties, and school safety. Calls are welcome from parents, grandparents, teachers, students . . . anyone with an education-related question.
Callers may also request a free copy of On Call for Kids, a booklet produced by NAESP and TIAA-CREF, which gives answers to frequently asked questions from previous hotlines.