I applaud the success of Alison Arians' and Lisa Toussaint’s high school-age daughters with online learning, and I deeply respect the incredible work that Anchorage School District teachers are investing in the education of our children in this most challenging time.
But my family is not experiencing success. My grandson, in sixth grade, does faithfully attend on Zoom, but feels lost, confused and abandoned, and does not follow through with assignments. He is failing and his confidence is spiraling down.
Despite my best efforts, I have been unable to turn it around. He needs the structure, face-to-face, and social support of in-person learning. I would like to see the ASD create an optional in-person school at every grade level, and let families choose which model works best for them. One size does not fit all.
— Sharman Haley
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