The Transylvania Times -

Expanding 'In Loco Parentis'


March 26, 2018

It is great news that the dropout rate for Transylvania County Schools reached .7 percent in the 2016-17 school year. The decrease in dropouts from 41 in 2013-14 to just eight last year is even more remarkable given all of the societal and individual problems external to school that teachers, administrators and support staff confront every day. And it is a testament to the perseverance of those students, who, for all of the difficulties they face, overcome adversity and graduate.

Teachers are often referred to as “in loco parentis,” Latin for “in place of the parents.” The role of...

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