Stories about education.

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.

Someone enters the Nelson Island School in Toksook Bay, Alaska on December 12, 2019. YKHC announced evidence of community spread of COVID-19 in Toksook Bay on Oct. 16, 2020.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

COVID-19 cases will have to drop dramatically before many Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta schools can return to in-person classes.

Nelson Island Area School

Toksook Bay is listening to its own radio station, 91.9 FM, because the principal at the Nelson Island School put a low-power radio station on the air. Principal Michael Robbins said that the idea for the radio station developed into a community-wide service when one of the students had a tardiness problem and asked for help getting to school on time. 

Michael Robbins / LKSD

Toksook Bay Principal Michael Robbins talks about how the community is using their low-power radio station to stay informed and connected throughout the pandemic.

An alleged threat by a student put the Tuluksak school on lockdown Friday, January 18, 2019. The school has provided no comment on the incident so far, and details remain scarce.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The Tuluksak School is doing remote learning. Not because of COVID-19, but because students set fire to the school.

Katie Basile / KYUK

This year has been a major challenge for educators as they struggle to teach children in the middle of a pandemic. Last spring, most schools shut their doors and moved to remote learning after COVID-19 arrived in the state. After completing the school year learning alone at home, students in Emmonak seem to have a new appreciation of school.

Michael Robbins / LKSD

Toksook Bay Principal Michael Robbins talks about how the community is using their low-power radio station to stay informed and connected through the pandemic.

The Kipnuk Falcons won the Lower Kuskokwim School District basketball tournament 51 to 23 in against the Nunapitchuk Wolves on March 3, 2018 at the Bethel Regional High School gym.
Kaylen Jones / LKSD

The pandemic has changed the face of schooling throughout the Lower Kuskokwim School District, and nowhere is this more evident than in school athletics. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

With remote learning, parents have to play a bigger role, and it’s difficult because what and how students learn now is different from when their parents were going to school. JROTC Instructor Sgt. Calvetti is on a team at the Bethel Regional High School trying to help parents and students.

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

Following the arrest of one of its elementary school principals, the Lower Kuskokwim School District is changing its policies on how sexually inappropriate behavior is reported and investigated. In meetings about the new policies, school board members asked whether the district’s administration was capable of investigating its own employees without bias.