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Second grade teacher Jenna Nadine works in her empty classroom on the first day of school at Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District had hoped to start the 2020-2021 school year in the with their intranet fully functional. The intranet, which functions like a limited internet, was going to make remote learning better. But as the spring semester starts, many students are still not using the system. 

A young boy picks up his breakfast and lunch from a "Meals on Wheels" bus set-up by the Lower Kuskokwim School District during state mandated school closures. March 23, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is continuing to adapt to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Bethel. To avoid crowds, the school district will deliver meals directly to students’ homes starting Tuesday, Dec. 8.

The Kuskokwim river by Aniak in late October 2017.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

There are no longer any public school students attending in-person classes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Aniak, Alaska
Alaska Department of Commerce

At the recommendation of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, all of the school districts in the Y-K Delta, save one, are suspending in-person classes until at least January 2021.

Gladys Jung Elementary School in Bethel, Alaska.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is conducting an audit to see how well the district protects its students from sexual abuse.

A photo taken in 2016 of the destroyed Kilbuck school campus.
Dean Swope / KYUK

After five years, the Lower Kuskokwim School District has reached a settlement with its insurance companies for the Kilbuck School fire. The school burned down in November 2015. LKSD made the announcement in a press release on Nov. 18.

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

The coronavirus is shutting down schools all over the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. In the Lower Kuskokwim School District, with every school closed due to the overwhelming high rates of COVID-19, students are starting to adjust to what a remote learning year is going to look like. However, there is one big concern on every student athlete’s mind: will there be sports this year?

The Lower Kuskokwim School District announced Bethel students would start school remotely on Aug. 24.
Katie Basile / KYUK

School sports appear to be a victim of the latest surge in COVID-19 cases. Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Kimberly Hankins said that as long as schools are at “high-risk” or on lockdown, there are no school sports, and there are limits on other activities as well. Getting sports back depends on controlling the latest surge in positive cases. Communities have a couple of weeks to do it. 

Aniak, Alaska
Alaska Department of Commerce

After several weeks during which hundreds of Y-K Delta residents tested positive for COVID-19, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recommended that all schools shut down in-classroom learning for two weeks. Many of the six school districts in the Y-K Delta are following that advice, but not all. 

 


The coronavirus pandemic has shifted life dramatically for all of us, including our youngest citizens. How are youth coping with everything from health mandates to remote learning? KYUK interns Kaylee King and Tatyana Avugiak, along with Multimedia Director Katie Basile, interviewed kids in the region about their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.


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