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Meet part of our bus driver team!
Meet Manuel Ramos and Rosemarie Imperial, long time bus drivers with the District.

Ramos said working with students is what makes the job most enjoyable. Students share stories about their different cultures and experiences from home. He said sometimes students tell stories about going out with friends or spending time with family.

Ramos has served our ASD community for 15 years and Imperial is going on 14 years.

Imperial said being a bus driver is all about what you make of it. "I like the kids," Imperial said. "On the first day of kindergarten it was great to see them all dressed up. My job is to make them feel safe and comfortable."

We are grateful for our transportation department. Thank you bus drivers for your resiliency and the care you show our families everyday.

Join Team ASD!
Michael Herzog, an ASD bus driver, speaks with Alaska Public Media about the safety check he goes through each day before beginning his route. (photo courtesy of Mizelle Mayo/Alaska Public Media)
Susan Turner, an ASD bus driver of 16 years, was featured on Alaska's News Source Morning Edition in a segment called "The Early Crew." (video screenshot courtesy of Mike Nederbrock /Alaska's News Source)
Cohort Change coming Monday, September 12th
Be safe and plan ahead
Beginning Monday, September 12th, ASD will switch from Cohort 1 to Cohort 2 for bus transportation services. Drivers should expect traffic delays in the areas of Bartlett High School, Begich Middle School, Bettye Davis East High School, and Wendler Middle School during the times of 7 a.m.-8:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Click here to view a map. Please avoid any unnecessary travel in these areas during these times. If you must travel through the area, remember to drive slowly and be alert for students crossing the streets.
Walk this Way: Tips to arrive at school safely
Whether your student rides the bus, walks to school, or is dropped off, we must all consider commuter safety on our way to and from school. Here are some suggested conversation starters for your family:

  • Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Dress for Alaska’s unpredictable weather.
  • Remain alert and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
  • Bring a flashlight or headlamp, reflective gear is important during Alaska’s dark winter months.

Below you'll find additional flyers, safety information, and resources to help keep your student safe.
Stranger danger safety info
Safety is our number one priority at ASD. Below are some suggestions for how to talk to your students about strangers:

  • Stay with a group.
  • Always walk with at least one friend, two or three is even better.
  • If a stranger offers you a ride, say “NO!” and stay far away from their car.
  • If a stranger follows you on foot, get away from him or her as quickly as you can. You can run and yell loudly, “HELP!”
  • If a stranger follows you in a car, turn around and go the other direction.
  • Never leave school with a stranger.
  • Tell a trusted adult if a stranger is hanging around the school, playground, or public bathroom. Leave items and clothing that display your name at home so a stranger cannot read it and use it to talk with you.
  • If you arrive home alone, call your mother, father, or other trusted adult to let them know you are home and all right. Keep the door locked, don’t open the door for strangers, and don’t tell strangers that you are home alone.
  • Never accept things from a stranger.
  • If a stranger asks you a question, don’t talk to them.
  •  Run away.
  • Don’t go anywhere with a stranger.
Student walking conditions inspected for safety by Safe Student Transportation Committee
Safe Student Transportation Committee's mission is to inspect nominated student walking routes to and from school that are considered to be dangerous.

Responsibility of the Safe Student Transportation Committee include:

  1. The Safe Student Transportation Committee shall be responsible for the inspection of all nominated roads, walkways, etc. that are considered to be dangerous for students as they walk to and from school. The nomination may be made by any citizen in the Municipality.
  2. The Committee will review nominated areas using the Profile For Student Walking Conditions (page 5).
  3. Individuals who make requests pertaining to areas where the Committee has no authority (i.e., street lights, traffic signals, signing, flashing lights, etc.) will be provided with information regarding the proper agency to contact.
  4. If the Committee makes a recommendation it will be forwarded to Administration to provide school bus service or an adult crossing guard, which-ever is appropriate, to protect students from the traffic hazards. 
Take the survey and help us find solutions!
The District is seeking your input on solutions to the estimated $68 million budget deficit for FY24.

This is the first of several community surveys.

The September survey is intended to understand general areas to prioritize for potential reductions. Next month, you can expect another survey along with in-person and/or virtual outreach opportunities to provide us with recommendations. The District will continue to update the School Board every two weeks during the budget work sessions. You can view previous budget work sessions on the School Board webpage. The next budget work session is scheduled for September 20th at 4 p.m.
September is Attendance Awareness Month
ASD is proud to share the August average daily attendance was 90.9%. This is slightly better than he August average daily attendance for the 2021-2022 school year of 90.4. Additionally, the District has seen an improvement in the percent of students attending 90% of the time, up 54% to 71.2%.

Thank you to families, employers, schools, the Municipality of Anchorage, and all ASD parters for working to together to get our students to school.

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. There is a direct correlation between students who attend school regularly and higher academic achievement levels. Students can miss no more than 17 days of school per year. This may seem like a lot, but it's less than two absences per month.
National Preparedness Month readiness tools
September is National Preparedness Month: Taking time to make a plan and have conversations about preparedness helps our children stay safe and navigate potentially scary situations.
Adult Community Transition Program Helps Young Adults Transition Beyond High School
The Adult Community Transition program (ACT) provides communication, social skills, transportation, recreation/leisure, independent living and vocational skills training in the community. Community-based instruction in these areas provide opportunities for a variety of experiences and activities in order for students to exit the program and the Anchorage School District, having acquired the necessary skills and numerous community connections to ensure a successful and fulfilling life. The ACT program is a post-secondary community based instructional program for adult students (18 to 21 years old) needing additional transitional supports after completing the required core credits at their neighborhood school.
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