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As Anchorage students return to classrooms, COVID risk and learning loss top list of concerns

While relatively few COVID-19 tests have come back positive, the latest grade data shows an increase in failing marks.
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Alaska advocates see severe child abuse skyrocket during pandemic

Abuse reports are down overall and advocates say it's because there have been fewer eyes on children during the pandemic.
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Anchorage School District expects thousands of students to return to classrooms this week

The district is unsure exactly how many students will actually return as families continue to think through their options.

Inside this Anchorage classroom, students learn pandemic-style lessons on first day back

The district expected about 8,000 students to return to classrooms and it begins it's phased reopening plan after 10 months of closure and online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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With ‘highly orchestrated’ plans, Anchorage schools prepare to welcome students back to classrooms

The first phase of students will be returning to classrooms after being away for nearly 10 months due to the pandemic.
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Here’s where the Anchorage School District will make COVID testing available as students look to return to classrooms

Anchorage families are encouraged to get a COVID test before returning to in-person learning next week.
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Hundreds of Anchorage seniors pour in for COVID vaccinations at school district vaccination clinic

Appointments for shots were almost immediately completely booked as soon as they became available.
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Anchorage School District’s first Black teacher and principal remembered as ‘trailblazer’

Etheldra Davis dedicated her life and career to education and community activism in Anchorage.
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Head of UAA student affairs to serve as interim chancellor

Bruce Schultz will begin in his new role on January 4, 2021, following current chancellor Cathy Sandeen's departure.
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Here’s ASD’s latest plan to bring Anchorage students back to classrooms

Under the plan, small groups of students will return to in-person learning in January, with more joining in phases. But the biggest obstacle will be staffing classrooms.
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Anchorage students to continue online learning through end of quarter

Staffing challenges at local hospitals and within the district is preventing school buildings from reopening ASD said.

Enrollment in neighborhood schools drops statewide, leaders say budget crisis is on the way

The number of students enrolled in neighborhood schools statewide decreased by 13%, and the number of students in homeschool programs nearly doubled.
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Anchorage School District projects $15 million loss due to lowered student enrollment

The district’s annual financial report shows many families have left the district for statewide homeschool and private school programs.
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Staffing concerns drove Anchorage superintendent to postpone opening schools

Anchorage School District announced on Sunday evening it would be reversing its controversial plan to return K-2 and special education students to in-person learning as COVID-19 case counts reach record highs in Alaska. Superintendent Deena Bishop made the call after new staffing concerns with both the school district and the city’s health care system emerged late last week.
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UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen takes new job in California

The news of her departure comes about two years after Sandeen became the leader of Alaska’s largest public university.
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Tutoring programs give a window into what reopened Anchorage schools may look like

The Anchorage School District's tutoring program is targeting children who most need in-person instruction, and testing out its protocols for when more students return to classrooms in November.
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Black teacher sues North Slope district for not addressing students’ racist threats in Nuiqsut

The lawsuit alleges students threatened the teacher using racist language and symbols, but were never disciplined.
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LISTEN: U.S. Senate incumbent Dan Sullivan is here to answer your questions

Republican Dan Sullivan, Alaska’s junior U.S. Senator for the last six years, is running for reelection. What does he think the most urgent needs are for the state and what are his plans for getting the work done in a fractured senate?

Anchorage School District superintendent expects to postpone start of in-person classes

Anchorage Schools Superintendent Deena Bishop said she'll likely push back the return to in-person schooling because of a surge of COVID-19 infections in the city.

LISTEN: Primaries or ranked choice? Vote Yes and Vote No make their case on Ballot Measure 2.

Ballot measure 2 seeks to make changes to the state’s election structure by replacing the political party primary and by selecting candidates through ranked choice voting. What would it mean for elections and what do you need to know about the measure before voting on it?