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Chris Carmichael worked as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School until his arrest in December 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation now supports a return to in-person learning for all elementary students whose schools meet certain COVID-19 mitigation measures. YKHC updated its recommendations for reopening schools on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in response to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidance for schools.

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Monday, Feb. 8, the Lower Kuskokwim School District met with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and state health officials to discuss school reopenings. LKSD is working on a phased reentry plan to get students back in school when it is safe. 


Alaska Chamber of Commerce.

Two school districts in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are reopening schools in some of their communities. Students in several villages in the Kuspuk School District are back in class, and the Lower Yukon School District is allowing any communities that have not had COVID-19 cases for the past two weeks to reopen. 

  

The playground at the Gladys Jung Elementary School.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Feb. 8, the Lower Kuskokwim School District leadership will virtually meet with health officials to discuss when schools can open to in-person learning. LKSD administration and board members will meet with officials from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and the Alaska Division of Public Health on Monday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Chris Carmichael worked as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School until his arrest in December 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Parents are becoming increasingly distressed about their children’s education during the pandemic. Several called in to the Lower Kuskokwim School District board meeting on Jan. 27, pleading for the district to reopen schools to students.

  

Katie Basile / KYUK

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

Gladys Jung Elementary School principal Josh Gill leads the teacher parade on April 3, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Update: the Bethel Regional High School staff parade has been postponed until the week of Jan. 25 due to weather. The exact date has not yet been determined.

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.

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