Mat-Su Borough School District office

Mat-Su Borough School District office

MAT-SU — The Mat-Su Borough School District has 26 out of 47 schools that have no mandated mask requirements due to the spread of COVID-19 within schools.

Meadow Lakes Elementary and Snowshoe Elementary School have been the latest MSBSD schools to close to in-person instruction and enter the high risk category for COVID-19, while 19 schools have a mask requirement in the medium risk category. There were 31 new cases identified within Valley schools on Thursday and 210 have been reported over the last week.

Snowshoe Elementary has had 12 cases of COVID-19 over the last week and Meadow Lakes has had three. Both schools will remain closed and receive an update no later than Friday, Sept. 10.

There are 19 schools that may require students and staff to wear masks at medium risk, including the MSBSD Administration offices with one case identified on Thursday. The 19 schools requiring masks for students and staff account for over 40 % of all MSBSD schools. The five elementary schools with mask requirements include Butte, Iditarod, Knik, Sherrod and Willow Elementary schools.

Colony High school, Mat-Su Central School, Su Valley High School and Valley Pathways are the only MSBSD high schools without mask requirements in the low risk category. Burchell, Career Tech, Alaska Middle College, Palmer, Wasilla, Redington and Houston all remain in the “yellow” and may require masks for students and staff. Houston Jr./Sr. High has had 27 cases over the last week and reported four on Thursday.

Palmer Junior Middle, Teeland Middle and Wasilla Middle schools also have mask requirements for students in the medium risk category. Wasilla Middle School reported four cases on Thursday with 11 over the last week.

The MSBSD School Board will hold a joint meeting with the Mat-Su Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 14 and a regular meeting on Sept. 15. Both meetings will be held at the school district office buildings.

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