MAT-SU — Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum announced the eighth health mandate following the outbreak of coronavirus that has since spread to Alaska. Crum said that Alaska’s schools will be closed through May 1 and distance delivery methods will be utilized to deliver education. All afterschool activities will also be canceled in an effort to mitigate the virus.
“We appreciate the governor’s leadership on an extended school closure. It brings certainty and clarity to our work as we launch a remote delivery of instruction model,” said Mat-Su Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Monica Goyette. “The School Board is increasing to weekly meetings to be able to quickly respond to the needs of the staff and students. The first priority next week will be graduation requirements. These meetings are live streamed and we will be adding remote public testimony capabilities.”
On the school district’s website, Goyette released a video on Friday announcing the expansion of meal delivery and possible revision of graduation requirements. Goyette said that the meeting of the school board next week would be to determine graduation requirements, as MSBSD requires 24.5 credits and the state requirement is just 21 credits. Goyette had announced the closure of MSBSD schools through the end of March last Friday, a measure which has since been increased by the governor.
“Seniors we know that this is weighing on your minds and your families,” said Goyette.
MSBSD schools will begin to deliver remote instruction next week, and has already set up free meals at distribution sites at schools scattered throughout the district. Goyette stressed that breakfast and lunch is available to anyone who shows up to the distribution sites under the age of 18, not just MSBSD students. Starting Monday, staff will begin delivering meals along seven routes to high need areas where transportation is available and curbside delivery of meals will become available. Students or staff can set up appointments with their schools to access belongings on an appointment basis.
“These are unprecedented times and I’m always proud of the resiliency of Mat-Su citizens. Thank you. Stay safe and please keep checking in. We will be communicating regularly as more information is made available,” said Goyette.