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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. 

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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.
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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.

A rural Alaska educator has received a big honor from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kuskokwim Campus UAF associate professor Diane McEachern is the first rural recipient of the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award, which she won for her cross-cultural teaching style. 


Lower Kuskokwim School District

After a search that began last September, the Lower Kuskokwim School District has a new superintendent: Kimberly Hankins. School Board President Clarence Daniel said that 16 advisory school boards participated in interviewing candidates. He said that the final decision came down to Hankins’ familiarity with the district. 


LKSD Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Hankins has been appointed to be LKSD's new superintendent beginning July 1, 2020.
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The Lower Kuskokwim School District will have a new superintendent next school year: Kimberly Hankins. The LKSD School Board made the unanimous decision on Feb. 20 after interviews with the two final candidates. Hankins will have a three-year contract with a starting salary of $155,000. Hankins is currently the assistant superintendent of LKSD, a post she took last July. She has worked in the district for 17 years as a classroom teacher, principal, and administrator.

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