A line of elementary children line up and walk down the hallway out to recess in the winter

LISTEN: As school starts, here’s the latest science on kids and coronavirus

Dr. Elizabeth Ohlsen, a public health physician with the State of Alaska, explains the latest science of how the coronavirus impacts children and how to mitigate the spread of the disease in schools.
Political Candidate Alyse Galvin smiles at the camera in front of trees

LISTEN: U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin is here to answer your questions

Challenging Alaska's lone and long-serving U.S. House representative for a second time, Alyse Galvin is running as an independent with support from state Democrats.

Class of 2020 teaching graduates feel just as prepared for fall as previous classes, research shows

Despite missing some student teaching hours, the pandemic did not have any significant impact on new Alaska teacher's preparedness.
A female teacher points to a word projected on a white board in a classroom with three students sitting a tables facing the front of the classroom

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.

LISTEN: How serious is the novel coronavirus?

There are confirmed cases in the U.S. and a chartered flight evacuated Americans from China through the Anchorage airport before arriving in California. But how big should this concern be compared to annual influenza infections? Should countries shut down international travel?
Two young boys smile at the camera while playing with play-doh at a kitchen table

From ‘pandemic pods’ to private tutors, Anchorage Facebook group offers support

Following a national trend, many families are finding support and resources on social media.

‘There’s no consideration of cultural needs’: Rural teachers discuss alternative to Florida Virtual School

Teachers in Alaska are concerned that the Florida Virtual School isn't a useful solution in off-the-road-system communities and are discussing what Alaska-made curriculum might look like.
A school beneath a snow-covered mountain

After 18 months of negotiations, Mat-Su teachers move closer to a strike

All members of the Mat-Su teachers union are eligible to vote over the next few days on whether to go on strike. The district will have 72-hours notice before a strike takes place.
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Alaska pediatricians agree with national org, encourage in-person school this fall

They say it's important to consider the risks of keeping children out of school; schools can and should reopen where it's safe to do so.
UAA Chancellor Cathy Sandeen at a desk.

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.
A picture of East High School senior and team member Tom Cabanilla at his computer playing League of Legends during the playoff competition

Students compete in Alaska’s first sanctioned eSports state championship

Sanctioning competitive video gaming means that schools can compete against each other under the same rules and regulations - just like other sports.
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Anchorage School District enrollment is down 11 percent

The Anchorage School District board room when it is empty, taken March 13, 2020. (Mayowa Aina/Alaska Public Media)

Anchorage high school seniors begin pandemic-style pomp and circumstance ceremonies

Students and teachers mourn the loss of the traditional ceremony and search for ways to mark the occasion.
An empty hallway in an elementary school with a black arrow sticker on the floor pointing in one direction that says "one way"

Palmer High School temporarily closed after single confirmed COVID-19 case

The district will provide an update on the length of the closure Tuesday evening.

Anxiety, then relief for international college students in Alaska after week of changing rules

The rules, issued by ICE, said students would need to take classes in-person this fall or leave the country.
An empty conference room

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.
A 5th grade student with his back to the audience sits at a desk in front of a panel of adults

Anchorage School District proposes scaling back gifted program to address budget shortfall

The District plans to make up the shortfall through reductions and program redesigns.

LISTEN: Weathering budget cuts and COVID-19, the UA System preps for a new school year

COVID-19 has thrown higher education into turmoil. State budget cuts, loss of research funds and the sudden departure of the University system president are also challenging education leaders at an already difficult time. What’s the outlook?

This 80-vehicle car parade drives around Anchorage celebrating high school graduates

It's yet another way the community is celebrating the class of 2020 in lieu of a traditional ceremony.