Mat-Su Borough School District

Dr. Monica Goyette

Mat-Su Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Monica Goyette updated local students and families regarding the statewide closure of schools due to the rising concern over the potential threat of the coronavirus.

“Our goal for this week is to create a needs assessment of all of our students and families,” Goyette said Monday afternoon during a video posted on the district’s Facebook page. “Over the next two days you can expect to have a call from one of our child’s teachers.”

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced March 13 that schools across the state will be closed through March 30.

“There is a chance that may be extended farther based on what we’re seeing in the Lower 48,” Goyette said.

Goyette said the district will open access to district buildings to students and families on Thursday and Friday.

“We will make the buildings open to our students and families on a very strict scheduled basis,” Goyette said. “We know you may have personal items in your locker, instruction materials or even medication from the nurse.”

Goyette said the goal for next week is to launch remote learning.

“Next week is going to be a very gentle week. We want students and families and our staff to know it’s our hope to learn a new process of delivery if this is a need we need to continue over the next few weeks,” Goyette said.

The district has also set up a system of distributing meals for students in need.

“Any student that is 18 and under, regardless of economic status, can get a free breakfast and lunch,” Goyette said.

Meals will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Big Lake Elementary, Burchell High, Houston Jr./Sr., Meadow Lakes Elementary, Palmer Junior Middle, Redington Jr./Sr., Susitna Valley Jr./Sr., Sutton Elementary, Valley Pathways, Wasilla Middle and Willow Elementary.

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