Parents evenings or open evening, as the school now refers to it, is from 3.30pm-6pm - I finish work at 5.30pm and can get to the school for 6pm but this doesn't leave time to see DSs work or have a discussion with the teacher. I do need to speak to the teacher as I have concerns about DSs behaviour and attitude.
Is it reasonable to request another time & date? This never used to be an issue in previous years as parents evening always ran onto 6.30pm-7pm!!
Yes - ring or write a note for the teacher explaining the problem and asking if you can have a slot at 6. Or is there another day you can get there earlier? I'm sure you won't be the only parent who will struggle to get there from work, and while it makes for a very long day for the teachers, I think schools do need to try to accommodate working parents' schedules.
Send a quick and polite note to the class teacher explaining the situation and quick outline of your concerns and ask if an alternative appointment is possible. Stress that you can be flexible and I'm sure they'll be helpful. I'm really glad to see parents at other times, it's the ones I can't see I worry about; and the year I felt they were taking the p@@@ and about half a dozen said they needed a 7pm appointment on a non-parents evening night, some even demanding a Friday. Your request is very reasonable in comparison to that so I expect the teacher will be helpful.