Our teachers call before school , altho they do not get in officially til 8 30 at DD's school, or when the kids are at their 'special' (gym, library art, music). Again, with the load of work my DD brings home, I realize the teachers have a lot to do, but the teachers expect the parents to come to the school for conferences and school events during their work day and they really push for parental involvement when things are scheduled 9-5 so it is a balance of trying to accommodate everyone's schedule. Last year my DD's teacher would send emails during the day about an issue with DD (not behavior but important) but as I was not allowed to check personal e mails at work, I didn't get these until evening, usually after DD went to bed. I finally said she had to call me if it was imperative because if not, I wouldn't know until I checked my emails after the kids went to bed. If not, write a note in her homework folder and I would see it right when I got home.
I will be talking to someone on the school board (who I do know) and see if they are aware of this, if they are, why is it imperative, and why parents were not told. From the parents I have talked to, with kids in all 5 of our district schools, no one knew about this until the note came home with their kids info. Some of the parents are fine with it, some feel like me and a few said they weren't even bothering to look at it as they see enough on their kids district page to know if there are any problems.
And blarg, I did have one of my older DD's teacher's home number. She gave it to the parents and said we could call her up to 9 pm if we had any questions because she knew that with work sometimes daytime conferences were not possible. This teacher and I are still friends 12 years later!