Stories about education.

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.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel students may have thought that they were going to school on Tuesday, Sept. 8, but the likelihood that COVID-19 was potentially spreading in the community prompted the Lower Kuskokwim School District to continue “at-home” schooling under what they call “high-risk” status.  Superintendent Kimberly Hankins says that it’s not clear when they will be able to have school taking place in Bethel classrooms again. 

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


The news of likely community spread of COVID-19 in Bethel is keeping schools closed. On Sept. 5, the Lower Kuskokwim School District made the decision to continue operating Bethel schools at high risk, which means that education will continue to be conducted remotely. In the high risk category, there will also be no sports programs.

Area Schools Approach Reopening Cautiously

Aug 28, 2020
Second grade teacher Jenna Nadine works in her empty classroom on the first day of school at Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Four communities in the Lower Kuskokwim School District have started the school year without students in the classroom: Bethel, Nunapitchuk, Napakiak, Kasigluk.

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

Last week, the Lower Kuskokwim School District announced that students in Bethel would start the school year remotely because of the high number of COVID-19 cases in the city. That was just the start. Active cases of COVID-19 are now being seen in a number of villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, forcing schools to close.