The Portage la Prairie School Division has brought back student led-conferences in the hopes that parents will be more involved regarding their children's education.

Assistant superintendent Pam Garnham says these conferences take the basic concept of a parent-teacher conference but puts the focus more on how the student feels about their educational experience. She notes they've seen success from this model for years, but due to COVID-19, they had to change it up in recent times.

"Last year, we did all of our parent-teacher conferences virtually where our student-led virtually," explains Garnham. "This year, we're doing a hybrid model where parents have the option to come into school, look at the student portfolio, and work with the student and the teacher."

She adds adding the option for in-person as opposed to online is necessary to make sure everyone is comfortable while meeting. She says, if only one thing comes out of these meetings, it's that parents become more interested in their children's school life.

"Please engage with your child with the conferencing," says Garnham. "Really get to know where your child is at and how they've made out this year. I can't stress it enough, please talk with your child about their learning."

She mentions the majority of schools held their first set of meetings on April 21st, but slots should still be available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the 22nd.