Meridian school officials are trying a fresh new approach to reach parents.
The principal and assistant principals from Meridian High School Thursday pounded the pavement in an effort to directly reach the community, in hopes of getting this coming year off to a better start than last year's tumultuous two semesters.
It all started around 11 a.m. The first stop was Sowashee Courts Apartments.
Throughout the day, head principal, Victor Hubbard, and all five assistant principals from MHS went door-to-door throughout the city to meet the public.
They say the purpose is multi-faceted. One of the reasons was to bridge the gap between the school and the community.
"I feel a little bit more comfortable, because I got to meet him earlier," said parent Tonya Chambers of Hubbard.
By these door-to door visits, administrators say they hope to let parents know the school's expectations and for them to find out the community's concerns.
"Please come out to MHS because we have an open door policy," said Hubbard as he continued the visits.
At each stop the administrators provided residents with a sheet that has Meridian High's mission statement and certain guidelines for students, called the 5 PAW rules.
The rules stipulate that it's mandatory for students to respect all adults, their peers and themselves, mandatory attendance and the adherence to the dress code. It also stresses to parents that any student who does not abide by the 5 PAW rules will face appropriate disciplinary action immediately.
"We're reaching out to parents to say, 'Yes, we need your help.' We're also reaching out to parents to say what happened last year will not be a reflection of what will happen this year," said Hubbard. "We are going to hold teachers accountable for delivering quality instructions, we're going to hold students accountable."
Hubbard says this is just the first of the district's efforts to reach out to the public. If needed, he says school officials will continue door-to-door visits.
Classes begin for students in Meridian Public Schools Aug. 9.