Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
The state will use some of that money to fund contracts that can go to organizations other than local districts to create programs or products that will help schools recover from the pandemic, help improve students' reading ability, and support career and technical readiness.
Two weeks into the school year, 11 of the district’s 46 schools had moved to requiring masking due to COVID-19 spread, according to the Mat-Su district’s dashboard, and two schools are closed.
Governor Dunleavy dismisses calls to declare another COVID disaster declaration. And, Alaska Native Corporations see significant disparities in how COVID relief funds were allocated. Plus, Sasquatch enthusiasts gather to discuss it's possible presence in Alaska.
Alaska Health officials urge vaccination as COVID hospitalizations reach another record high. And, a Juneau artist has her beadwork featured on the hit Native TV show 'Reservation Dogs.' Plus, organizations are working to get Internet access to Alaska Native communities.
Anchorage students have been going to class in-person for almost two weeks. And, until now, there haven’t been any major disruptions. But as more people are getting coronavirus in the community, the impacts are growing for school staffing.
Despite some public discontent, Alaska lawmakers propose a lower PFD amount than the Governor. And, a new report says the plane crash that killed 6 near Ketchikan happened in a valley with low clouds. Plus, an attempt to define "termination dust," to keep tabs on early season snow.
Two Rivers, east of Fairbanks, remains on high alert after an iconic local lodge burns to the ground. And, after suffering through "the blob," humpback whale populations rebound. Plus, bison reintroduced to the wild in interior Alaska are flourishing.
The district’s busing contractor said Sunday that it didn’t have enough drivers for numerous routes because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
Elisa Vakalis has been charged with six felony counts for allegedly stealing from the Matanuska Brewing Company.
Without government help, Anchorage businesses are left to manage COVID safety protocols on their own. And, subsistence fishers look to other meats after king and chum salmon runs collapse along the Yukon River. Plus, Anchorage students get a surprise concert from a homegrown rock band.
The Lower Kuskokwim School District will pay nearly 4 million dollars to two victims of abuse. And, the school year begins in Anchorage with a sense of normalcy, except for a few things. Plus, Alaskans who waited on getting a COVID vaccine describe why they changed their minds.
This is the third school year that’s been impacted by the pandemic, and families, teachers, and staff are optimistic that it will feel more like normal.