Parents who wish to offer their time and talent as volunteers in an Anchorage public school, whether as a chaperone, classroom helper, tutor, mentor or in any other capacity, must be fully vaccinated beforehand. Failure to do so bars you from volunteering.
The requirement is listed on the Anchorage School District website and it applies to volunteers in every conceivable capacity, from childcare to science fair judge to greeters at family and school events.
Since the vaccination rate in Anchorage is just a little over 50%, the protocol effectively eliminates nearly half of all parents and volunteers from participating in the life of their local schools.
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Those who do submit to the vaccine policy, must show their vaccination card before being approved to volunteer. They must also wear an Anchorage School District approved mask at all times, maintain three to six feet of social distance from all others and wash their hands regularly.
The Anchorage School District website states that parents have a “key role in promoting effective schooling,” and the district states that it “will provide welcoming opportunities for parent participation.” It adds that “schools and parents must work as knowledgeable, respectful partners.”
- To contact Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop, email Bishop_deena@asdk12.org or call (907) 742-4312.