The team at Friendship School invited parents, educators,
and community members to take a stroll around the campus Sept. 1 at its annual
More than 30 people toured the school and met its students
The open house serves as a way for the community to learn
more about the school, which serves students between the ages of 3 and 22 who
have multiple disabilities and health impairments.
“We are a unique, unique school,” said Allison Janusziewicz,
a speech therapist at Friendship. “There’s not another one of us around.”
Visitors got a flier that highlights the ways students there
are able to communicate, how educators assist them, and how they adapt
the curriculum to meet students' special
needs. Educators and parents gave tours of the classrooms and campus.
Ramie Tyler, whose son attends the school, said that she
liked to volunteer for the open house to give visitors a parent’s perspective.
“They really work hard here to meet your kid’s needs and
help them reach their full potential,” she said. The five-classroom campus in Imperial Beach is operated
by the San Diego County Office of Education in affiliation with the six school
districts in the South County Special Education Local Plan Area.
The nearly 50 students there receive specialized instruction with specific
goals based on their individual needs. They also have access to speech,
language and hearing specialists as well as a psychologist, school nurse,
occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist.
“It’s so important to educate people about what our kids are
capable of,” Janusziewicz said. “It’s really easy to see a kid in a wheelchair
and imagine all the things that they can’t do, but when you come in our doors,
you realize all of the things that they can do.”
Photo: Allison Janusziewicz shows a group around Sept. 1 at Friendship School's annual open house.