MAT-SU — There are no Mat-Su Borough School District schools that are closed due to COVID-19, but over half of MSBSD schools require masks at a medium risk level for spread of COVID-19. Of the 47 MSBSD schools, 21 do not have any mask requirement while 26 require masks, accounting for 55.3 % of all MSBSD schools.
The MSBSD School Board will hold two meetings this week. The September 14 joint meeting with the Mat-Su Borough Assembly will begin at 6 p.m. with a wide range of agenda items to be discussed. The joint meeting will receive an update on enrollment at COVID-19 followed by discussions on construction and new school site selection. The Assembly and School Board will then discuss capital construction and the formula for local education contribution, followed by a construction update on the Seward-Meridian project at Teeland Middle and Career Tech High School. The School Board will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, September 15.
By percentage, more elementary schools have no mask requirements than high schools or middle schools, with 57 % in the “yellow” medium risk category. There were 14 cases reported among elementary school students and staff on Monday with 67 cases over the last seven days. Big Lake, Butte, Dena’ina, Iditarod, Knik, Shaw, Sherrod, Snowshoe, Sutton, Swanson, Talkeetna and Willow all have mask requirements at a medium risk level.
Every MSBSD middle school currently has a mask requirement, with eight new cases announced on Monday and 37 over the last week. Wasilla Middle School reported three cases on Monday with 14 over the last week.
A total of 72.7 % of all MSBSD high schools have mask requirements at the medium risk level, and more cases have been reported among high school students and staff than middle schools or elementary schools over the past week with 12 new cases reported Monday and 88 cases over the last seven days. Burchell, Houston Jr./Sr., Career-Tech, Mat-Su Middle College, Palmer, Redington Jr./Sr., Pathways and Wasilla all currently have mask requirements. There were four new cases reported at Wasilla High School Monday with 22 over the last week.
The MSBSD administrative offices also require masks with two positive cases over the last week, and Glacier View School is also in the medium risk category with one new case reported Monday.
There were 36 new cases reported district-wide on Monday with 201 over the last week.