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LKSD School Board Votes To Allow Sports

Bethel Regional High School competed in Day 1 of the ACS Lime Solar/Pepsi Invitational Basketball games on January 4, 2018.
Nick Hawk

Sports are back in the Lower Kuskokwim School District. On April 29, the LKSD school board voted to allow both outdoor and indoor sports activities, including traveling within and out of the region for competitions. 

Parent permission will be required for students to participate, and local advisory school boards will have a say on whether sports resume in their communities. The district will implement a testing regimen for participants. 

Resuming sports indoors at this point goes against recommendations from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation. The school board decision came after 18 parents, students, and teachers called into the April 29 board meeting asking for a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions. There may not be much time for athletes to flex their muscles this school year. Some schools in the district will close for summer break as early as May 12.

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.