Two school children among confirmed COVID-19 cases in Juneau

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - From what's now known, the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Juneau school children has been minimal, but there has been an impact as Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss disclosed on Action Line.

    She said they've had two cases in Juneau children under ten years with COVID 19.  "So this as a school system and a community is something that we need to continue to take very, very seriously.  As we are going to hear things in the next few weeks probably about how we reopen and what stages we go through, it's super important that we remember the challenges that we have in bringing people together. When we have children being confirmed, that's very disturbing.  We want to be very cautious on how we proceed."

    Dr. Weiss wasn't surprised by Governor Dunleavy's decision to close schools through the academic year.  We asked what it might have been like if schools had not been closed.  "Oh boy.  Well, clearly there's no way for us to meet the mandates of social distancing in schools.  It's just impossible.
    So we certainly could have been in a different place if we were not closed and so as hard as this is for everybody, I really am encouraged that we've been put in a position to minimize the impact to Juneau and to Alaska."


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