MAT-SU — A number of Valley high schools and one elementary school remain closed as the Mat-Su Borough School District deals with the latest surge in positive cases of COVID-19 associated with school. The school district tracks every case associated with schools, not just positive cases of those that had been infectious while in school buildings.
The Feb. 8 update from the MSBSD Health Action Team reported 157 cases associated with MSBSD schools over the last 14 days. There were 13 new cases associated with schools reported on Monday where “the individual was infectious in school.”
The Mat-Su Borough itself only had 37 cases reported on Monday but remains on high alert level.
Mat-Su Career and Technical High School will reopen on Feb. 9 and has had 10 cases of COVID-19 over the last 14 days. Wasilla High School will remain closed through Feb. 9 and has had only five cases over the last 14 days. Palmer High School will remain closed through Feb. 10 and has had 14 cases over the last 14 days with two new cases announced Monday.
Colony Middle School, Colony High School and Pioneer Peak Elementary School will all remain closed through the end of the week to allow for contact tracers with public health to catch up on close contacts. The three schools within close proximity have the highest number of positive cases of coronavirus since MSBSD reopened schools for the second semester. Prior to last week, MSBSD had not had any building closures since Thanksgiving. Colony High School has had 21 cases over the last 14 days with four newly reported Monday. Colony Middle has had 23 cases over the last 14 days and two were reported Monday. Pioneer Peak has had 32 cases over the last 14 days and reported just one single case on Monday. Also reporting positive cases were Snowshoe Elementary, Su Valley Jr/Sr High School, Wasilla Middle School and Teeland Middle School.