Masking change taken up by Juneau School Board

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - To mask or not to mask was the question before the Juneau School Board Tuesday night

    The panel took up a revised mask use policy in first reading, according to School District Chief of Staff Kristin Bartlett.  It would lift the requirement for masks indoors in district facilities on April 4 as long as community risk levels remain medium or low.

    Bartlett explained that April 4 falls one week after Spring break and masks would then be optional in the school district's facilities.  

    Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss has the authority to make minor adjustments to the policy if infection rates substantially impact a classroom or school.

    The revision is in response to changes in local alert levels and updated CDC guidance, Bartlett said.

    The board held public testimony at the meeting and received many written comments.

    Final action is scheduled for a meeting at Noon Thursday.

    The 2023-24 school year calendar was adopted.  Bartlett says the board reviewed three different options and chose Option A which was recommended by the District Calendar Committee and was favored in comments received from staff and families.  

    The draft is posted on the district's web site at  Once a final copy of Option A is available it will be added to the calendar section of the web site.

    A preliminary FY 23 budget was presented in first reading.  The board discussed budget priorities and available funding, according to Bartlett.  Work on the $85 Million budget will continue during a final meeting and approval during a special meeting on Monday, March 14.  


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