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LKSD Board Meeting Includes Discussion On When To Resume In-Person Classes

Katie Basile

The Lower Kuskokwim School District school board will be meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for the first time this semester. 

At the beginning of the meeting, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation will report on the COVID-19 situation in the region. On Jan. 13, YKHC sent an advisory to school districts saying that it would only recommend some in-person classes when all COVID-19 cases in a community could be linked to travel. The health corporation said that it would also need to see very low case rates and test positivity rates before it would recommend students return to school.

An online petition requesting that LKSD immediately return to in-person classes in Bethel for two days of the week is circulating on Facebook. Over 120 people have signed the petition, which calls on parents to attend tonight’s board meeting to voice their opinions.

LKSD’s board meeting begins at 4 p.m. Details for how to join the meeting by Zoom can be found on LKSD’s website.

Greg Kim is a news reporter for KYUK covering environment, health, education, public safety, culture and subsistence. He's covered everything from Newtok's relocation due to climate change-fueled erosion to the Bethel chicken massacre of 2020.