The Anchorage School District is welcoming the public into local schools in the first ever "Visit Our Schools" month.
At a recent meeting, the ASD school board passed a resolution that would emphasize a coordinated effort every February to allow the public to learn more about the school system and the programs offered to local kids and their families.
"There's a lot of community conversation centering around our public school system. It's important to understand that ASD's schools are our community's schools. As we engage in discussions in how to best educate our students, I invite you to see first-hand the various educational opportunities and experiences that are available to students," said Ed Graff, ASD superintendent.
According to a release by the school district, schools welcome visitors year round to come and learn more about their child's school, but that the focus of the resolution is to "increase parent and community involvement."
Kameron Perez-Verdia, the newest ASD school board member, encourages people from all parts of the community to participate. “February is visit your school month. Any school in the Anchorage school district is open for anybody in the public. We, actually I specifically am encouraging people who don’t have kids in school, or haven’t been in school in a long time, to see what’s happening.”
“The reason why we’re doing what we’re doing is because of kids, and they need to know that we believe in really good teaching and learning, and that we want really safe environments for kids; that we want lots of options within our schools, so that if a parent really likes different schools, that there’s lots of choices for them, and that’s a really big value of ours. I think that they need to know that we really want them to be a part of the conversation.”
Anchorage resident Jeni Lachance is a mother of 2 children currently in the Anchorage School District, and an advocate for homeless kids in the Anchorage area. "I think its great that our community has an opportunity to get more involved with our schools. Each of our schools offer a unique insit into the youth of our community. Our schools have many opportunities for people to get involved. Everything from foreign languages and cultures, to sports and science."
Anyone in the public interested in learning more can visit a school of their choice every Tuesday in the month of February at 9:30 am. An evening tour will also be given at all the schools on Tuesday February 25th, at 6 pm.