KYUK AM

Education

Stories about education.

Homework packets are assembled in Ava Ernst's third grade classroom at Gladys Jung Elementary in Bethel, Alaska on March 18, 2020. Schools across Alaska are closed following a state mandate put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Schools all across Alaska, including those in the Lower Kuskokwim School District, have been shuttered due to COVID-19 until at least March 30. District Superintendent Dan Walker expects the closures to last beyond that, and has been trying to plan accordingly.


Margaret Nagasiak prepares breakfast and lunch trays for parents to pick-up at Gladys Jung Elementary School on March 19, 2020. Starting on Monday, March 23, meals and school materials will be brought to designated pick-up places around town during school
Katie Basile / KYUK

During school closures, the Lower Kuskokwim School District is still providing students with meals and the materials necessary for schoolwork. Those will be delivered to students in Bethel starting Monday, March 23.

(Left to right.) 1st place, Daniel Hunter, 7th grade, Sheldon Point School; 2nd place, Celeste Katcheak, 7th grade, Tukurngailnguq School; and 3rd place, Emery Lockwood, 6th grade, Tukurngailnguq School.
Max Dan

The district and statewide Yup’ik Spelling Bees for Beginners are cancelled in response to social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The district tournament was planned for March 18 in Nunam Iqua, with the statewide competition scheduled to follow later this spring in Anchorage. Organizer Freda Dan said that the first Inupiaq Spelling Bee for Beginners has also been cancelled. The spelling bees serve to promote Yup'ik and Inupiaq literacy.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus has tightened its restrictions due to the threat of COVID-19. KuC Student Services Technician Danny Nelson said that the campus is only open by appointment. That means students will have to call ahead of time to use computers, talk to advisors, or study on campus. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

On Friday, March 13, state officials announced that public schools in Alaska, including those in the Lower Kuskokwim School District, would be closed to students until March 30 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Afterschool activities have also been suspended.

On Monday, March 16, Gov. Mike Dunleavy ordered that residential boarding schools, like Mt. Edgecumbe High School, would also have to send students home. He imposed a deadline that the schools be emptied of students by March 27.

Starting on Monday, March 23, meals and school materials will be brought to designated pick-up places around town during school closures related to COVID-19.
Katie Basile / KYUK

During the school closures caused by COVID-19, the Lower Kuskokwim School District will still be offering breakfast and lunch to students. Starting March 23, LKSD will be delivering those meals to students in Bethel. The Lower Yukon School District is also offering lunches to its students.

The University of Alaska system, including the Kuskokwim Campus, is extending spring break, moving most classes online, and canceling events amid the threat of coronavirus. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District was awarded a $34 million grant to build a new school building in Eek.
Courtesy of LKSD

Due to the threat of COVID-19, the Lower Kuskokwim School District has canceled all classes next week, March 16-20. This extends the district's spring break by another week.

On Thursday, March 12, President Jim Johnsen announced that the University of Alaska system is extending spring break, moving most classes online, and canceling events amid the threat of coronavirus. UA is also asking students to leave on-campus dorms for the rest of the semester. All gatherings of more than 25 people held on the UAF Kuskokwim Campus are canceled or postponed through March 31. The Saturday Market scheduled for March 14 is also canceled. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District was awarded a $34 million grant to build a new school building in Eek.
Courtesy of LKSD

Bethel schools are releasing early March 4, due to “unforeseen issues with our water systems,” according to an email that Josh Gill, the principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School, sent to parents late Wednesday morning. 

The email noted that the following schools would have early releases at the following times on Wednesday, March 4:

Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat - 1:30 p.m.

Gladys Jung Elementary - 2:00 p.m.

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik - 2:40 p.m.

Bethel Regional High School - 3:30 p.m.

Pages