Ketchikan district extends school closures to April 6

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The Ketchikan School Board convened an emergency meeting on Wednesday to receive an update regarding the COVID-19 situation in the community and subsequent plans to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and community members.

    In light of the confirmed case in the community and updated CDC guidelines, the school board authorized an extension of the current school closure to April 6.

    This closure means that students will not return to school, but staff who have not traveled outside of Alaska will report to work and use these days as in-service to develop and implement an alternative educational program for students.

    Staff members who have traveled outside of Alaska will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival back to Ketchikan before physically reporting to work.

    The district is currently working with staff to implement alternative work assignments or work-from-home plans should circumstances warrant heightened social distancing.

    More information will be forthcoming on these specific assignments from administrators and principals by March 23.

    Between now and then the district will continue releasing information to employees, parents, and other stakeholders regarding action plans as they are available.


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