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LKSD Requiring Indoor Sports Spectators To Be Vaccinated

The Bethel Warriors placed third at the Western Conference Regional Volleyball Tournament at Bethel Regional High School.
KYUK Staff

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is taking extra precautions with indoor sports activities. The district is requiring that everyone attending indoor sports events be vaccinated and masked at all times. Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination at the door. 

“Each player on a team may have two vaccinated guests at the event,” said Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Kimberly Hankins. “But of course, any spectators that are traveling would have to follow all travel and testing requirements of the village. Or if it’s Bethel, the City of Bethel.”

Spectators must also sit 6 feet apart from each other if they are not from the same household. And if there is not enough space in the gym for everyone to physically distance, site administrators may limit the number of guests further. 

Student athletes are not required to be vaccinated, but unvaccinated students will not be allowed to travel out of the district for sports. Coaches and adults chaperoning the teams must also be vaccinated.

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.