Multiple Mat-Su schools closed, sports canceled due to COVID-19 cases

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Published: Oct. 18, 2020 at 12:17 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Several schools within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School distirct have been closed due to COVID-19 exposures.

The MSBSD Health Advisory Team has announced they are postponing all indoor, intra-district competitions effective from Oct. 19 through Oct. 31, according to a post on Facebook.

The district says it came to this decision after the Mat-Su Borough moved into the high-risk COVID-19 alert level with an increased number of cases in district schools.

Wasilla High School announced it will be closed on Monday and Tuesday due to a case of COVID-19. On Oct. 17, the case was reported to the school and Mat-Su Public Health is working through the contact tracing process, according to a post on the Wasilla High School Facebook page.

On Monday and Tuesday all students “will participate in At-Home learning until Mat-Su Public Health completes contact tracing.” The post says the school will update the short-term building closure on Tuesday.

All before and after-school activities are canceled as well. Students who attend other schools for a portion of their day will be excluded until the contact tracing is completed.

Colony High School staff announced the school will be moving to Zoom remote learning status on Monday and Tuesday.

According to the school district’s COVID Information page, Mat-Su Career and Tech will also be closed Monday and Tuesday.

A positive case discovered Sunday at both Mat-Su Central and Sherrod Elementary School is causing the schools to shut down Monday and Tuesday.

Positive cases were also discovered Sunday at Susitna Valley Jr/Sr High, Tanaina Elementary, and Willow Elementary, but according to the MSBSD COVID Information page, these schools will be open on Monday.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Wasilla High School will be closed Oct. 19-20.

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