A good working relationship between parents and teachers is vital. Check out this post from IB a Math Teacher, a thirty-something mathematics teacher in Minnesota:
My Favorite Parent/Teacher Conference Story of the NightEr, I'm thinking they might need to work on that relationship "thing."
English Teacher: Did you write [your son]'s English term paper for him?
Parent: Uh, no...why would...you...think...that?
English Teacher: Because your name is at the top.
The parent continued to deny it, and the teacher let it drop, but the teacher is absolutely convinced that the parent wrote the paper for her kid. What's more, it was poorly written. She thinks that the parent was really putting the skeleton of the paper together for her son, but the son never "filled in the blanks".
Thankfully, in a boarding school, that sort of exchange isn't so likely. But there are plenty of just-as-interesting possible conversations...