Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
A comparison of mask policies from school districts around the state show the majority of districts, urban and rural, have implemented universal mask policies for the start of the school year.
While policies vary, the majority of Alaska's students will go back to school wearing masks. And, as Anchorage officials plan to increase homeless shelter capacity, some camp residents say they'd rather stay outside. Plus, an Alaska Native artist turns his grandma's stories into comic books.
The pilot involved in a deadly plane crash near Ketchikan last week was in another accident just weeks prior. And, the COVID-19 surge pushes some communities back into lockdown. And, parts of Alaska are seeing extra rain, but in some places it just feels that way.
While some families who tried homeschooling last year hated it, others were introduced to a more customizable format that they’d like to keep exploring.
Alaska has a new task force to capture missing DNA samples from people charged with certain crimes. And, the newest Miss WEIO hopes to be a role model for young Alaska Native women. Plus, the Anchorage mayor and school district diverge on masking.
Dueling social media posts show the leader of Alaska’s largest city and Alaska’s largest school district are at odds over masking school children.
The search for answers continues after a flightseeing plane crashed near Ketchikan, killing 6. And, some Anchorage healthcare workers protest requirements to get a COVID vaccine. Plus, spurred by the pandemic, some Anchorage families find success with non-traditional education.
Health officials continue to sound the alarm about the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country and in Alaska.
The rapid spike in COVID cases in Alaska has prompted the state health department to recommend that ALL Alaskans, vaccinated or not, should again consider wearing a mask indoors to reduce transmission of the virus. But elected leaders have been hesitant to reinstate lapsed pandemic protocols. What do health officials think the next several weeks will look like and what should Alaskans do to prepare?
Hours of public testimony from Anchorage parents against a mask mandate for the fall did not move the school board away from the superintendent’s universal masking recommendation.
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What's new about this phase of the pandemic and how are Alaskans adapting? And, millions of postage stamps featuring an Alaska Native raven design enter circulation. Plus, researchers hope an orca that was stranded on Prince of Wales will rejoin its pod.
The superintendent will present the recommendation to the school board and the board will vote on whether to implement the policy.