Previously, unvaccinated students and staff deemed close contacts would have needed to quarantine.
The route suspensions began in late August, after eight school bus drivers tested positive for COVID-19 or exhibited symptoms and the district struggled to hire enough workers.
Dr. Etheldra “Thel” Davis’ first job as a principal was at Fairview.
Community pressure prompted the decision to share more coronavirus details at ASD, until now the state’s only large district that didn’t plan to release school-specific case updates.
Dr. Etheldra Davis worked for over 30 years as an educator in the state, including at Fairview Elementary School. Davis died in November at age 89.
Employees who are not fully vaccinated are not eligible for the leave, a school district spokeswoman said.
Students in special education programs or who attend Title I schools won’t be affected by the route suspensions, an email from the district said Friday.
Mat-Su Career & Tech High School will require masks at least temporarily. A total of 23 schools were reporting 68 cases after the first five days of school.
Providers and health officials urged families to vaccinate. “I wish that some time you could come and stand with me over a patient who is taking some of their last breaths,” one ER doctor said.
Like Mat-Su, districts in Fairbanks and on the Kenai Peninsula opted for optional masking in schools, but they are following a federal order to require them on school buses.
Face coverings are optional and seemed rarely used at Mat-Su secondary schools on the first day of school.
The school district prioritized starting the year with students in classrooms, with a plan aimed at keeping “ASD symptom-free.”
The elementary school, along with Gruening Middle School, has been closed since the November 2018 earthquake.
A school principal who abused young girls kept his job despite years of complaints. Now the Bethel-based Lower Kuskokwim School District will pay millions to his victims. His conviction is part of a series of failures by the state’s schools to protect students from educators.
Students living in the UAA residential halls must be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19, but not at APU.
Less staff means fewer spots available for children looking to be in before- and after-school programs.
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The bonus for Randy Trani comes as Mat-Su readies to start school next week without Anchorage’s mask requirements after a majority of families opposed them in a survey.
Mayor Dave Bronson had urged the school district to “immediately reconsider” its plans to require students, staff and visitors, in almost all cases, to wear masks indoors.
The school board heard hours of testimony from parents, staff and students at Tuesday’s meeting, much of it anti-mask.