Remote learning extended again for 34 KPBSD schools

Published: Oct. 28, 2020 at 8:40 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has further extended remote learning for 34 schools as COVID-19 cases in the Kenai Peninsula continue to rise.

The remote learning has been extended through Dec. 18 — a few weeks more than its previous extension which was Thanksgiving break — the school district said in a release.

Students in pre-K, kindergarten and special education intensive needs students will continue to attend school in-person Dec. 2. On Nov. 12, the school district made changes to their learning, shifting to entirely remote learning after Gov. Mike Dunleavy sent out a statewide alert asking establishments to work from home and for Alaskans to change their daily routines if possible.

“Thank you for your patience as we work through school operation details related to the Governor’s urgent message this morning,” KPBSD Superintendent John O’Brien said in a prepared statement earlier this month. “I join Governor Dunleavy’s appeal when he said, ‘For the next three weeks, I am asking you as the governor of Alaska, that we do everything possible to reduce these cases and bend this trend downward.’”

The following schools are affected by the extensions, and are all at a high-risk status:

  • Aurora Borealis Charter School
  • Kaleidoscope Charter School
  • K-Beach Elementary School
  • Kenai Alternative School
  • Kenai Central High School
  • Kenai Middle School
  • Mountain View Elementary School
  • Nikiski Middle-High School
  • Nikiski North Star Elementary School
  • Redoubt Elementary School
  • River City Academy
  • Skyview Middle School
  • Soldotna Elementary School
  • Soldotna High School
  • Soldotna Montessori Charter School
  • Sterling Elementary School
  • Tustumena Elementary School
  • Moose Pass School
  • Seward High School
  • Seward Middle School
  • William H. Seward Elementary
  • Chapman School
  • Fireweed Academy
  • Homer Flex School
  • Homer High School
  • Homer Middle School
  • Kachemak Selo School
  • McNeil Canyon Elementary School
  • Ninilchik School
  • Paul Banks Elementary School
  • Razdolna School
  • Voznesenka School
  • West Homer Elementary School

Six smaller KPBSD schools are currently operating at low-risk and offer 100% remote learning as well as in-person learning at the moment. However, schools could shift to entirely remote learning if there is a case of COVID-19 in the area.

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