The news of likely community spread of COVID-19 in Bethel is keeping schools closed. On Sept. 5, the Lower Kuskokwim School District made the decision to continue operating Bethel schools at high risk, which means that education will continue to be conducted remotely. In the high risk category, there will also be no sports programs.
School began remotely for Bethel students on Aug. 24 due to a high number of COVID-19 cases in Bethel, but was scheduled to resume in-person on Sept. 8. At this time, the school district is continuing remote education in Bethel and has not set a date for students to return to classrooms.
Several other communities within LKSD have also started remotely due to COVID-19 cases. Those include Nunapitchuk, Napakiak, and Kasigluk. At the same time, other communities in LKSD have started school in-person, with measures in place to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
LKSD has been meeting with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation regularly to determine which schools will meet in-person, and which will meet remotely.