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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.

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.