The Sioux Falls School District is using an online survey to find out what you think its doing right and wrong. Parents of students in the school district are receiving an email from the administration asking questions on a number of topics. It's a ten to 15 minute survey that could have an impact on how the district operates.
"I think people are probably less likely to say it in person, so if they can do it with the computer, they'll probably be more honest," parent Ayla Archer said.
Honesty is what the district is hoping for with this public survey.
"It's as effective as the willingness of people to respond. So, we hope for a high response rate. We hope that people participate," Sioux Falls School District Superintendent Pam Homan said.
Surveys have been conducted in the past and have provided significant input from the community.
"How do they feel abut the quality of education? Very positive. How do they feel about the safety of their children? Very positive. Then we ask how can we better communicate with you," Homan said.
For parents that will soon take this survey, the area of communication may be receiving a high grade.
"The communication is great. With the phone communication system that they have, I don't miss out on any activities. I don't miss out on any conferences," parent Lori Lewis said.
For some, finding any glaring issues is difficult.
"Not really, not that I see. Like I said, I'm not a parent, per say. I'm just a grandparent, but it's going pretty good, I think," grandparent Cal Wheeler said.
Anybody in the community can go to the Sioux Falls School District website and find the survey online, and the district and parents really do feel that online surveys are the best way to get the greatest information from the largest amount of people.
"I would say that they would be better, surveys would be better than just the one-on-one interaction, especially in bigger school districts," Archer said.