Juneau School Board meets

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The response of schools to COVID-19 highlighted the agenda of the Juneau Board of Education.

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bridget Weiss said schools have responded well to online instruction and other adjustments brought on by COVID-19.  She admitted educators are used to change.

    "This is night and day different for teachers.  It has blown away the change theory," she added.

    Dr. Weiss said the schools have helped the CBJ all they can with the community response.  She added the schools have prioritized keeping everyone employed.

    She said while the situation has been stressful for educators, time is on their side.  She added the staff is working together as a team to figure out how to provide a quality education to Juneau kids.

    The Board recognized the contributions of the IT Team, health team and food service team for the help they have given as schools deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Dr. Weiss said meal distribution averaged 5,500 meals during the first three weeks.  Over 7,700 meals were distributed when they added weekends. Almost 25,000 meals have been served to Juneau families.

    Dr. Weiss said they have sent 1,000 devices home with students for online learning. 

    She said they are considering ways to honor the Class of 2020.  She said they plan to ask students for input.

    In other actions;

    The board approved a contract renewal for the Juneau Charter School.

    The board also approved the first reading of a contract extension for Nana Management Services. 

    School officials said the cost of the contract would increase by four percent.

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