Anchorage teachers seek delay in return to class instruction

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some teachers in Anchorage have asked the school district to delay a return to in-person instruction until they are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.

    State health officials say some essential workers likely will not receive vaccines until late February, but the Anchorage School District plans to begin reopening schools January 19.

    Superintendent Deena Bishop says the district has a robust virus mitigation plan and must prioritize its education mission.

    Anchorage Education Association President Corey Aist has asked the district to align its reopening schedule with state vaccine distribution or allow teachers, staff, and students to return on a voluntary basis.

     

    More from Sitka Radio Center

    • Governor tests positive for COVID

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Mike Dunleavy has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently at home with mild COVID-19 symptoms.

    • Juneau's port director reacts to cruise cancellations

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - So all Princess, Holland America, and Seabourn sailings from Vancouver have been canceled.

    • Pause of cruises extended by Holland

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Holland America Line says it is extending its pause of cruise operations to now include all sailings that depart from or conclude in a Canadian port in 2021. The company says this will include several Alaska, three Canada/New England, and two Pacific Coastal cruises in the summer and fall of this year. It also includes all Land+Sea Journeys.

    • Governor's Chief of Staff to work for ConocoPhillips Alaska

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Governor Dunleavy's Chief of Staff, Ben Stevens, is vacating his position in the administration to work for ConocoPhillips.

    • Princess cancels some voyages

      Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Princes Cruises has canceled a number of voyages given the uncertainty over the pandemic and Canada's decision to close its waters and ports until February of 2022.

    Events

    • Science On the Go for Youth

      The Science Center education staff and Sitka Tribe of Alaska culture-bearer Chuck Miller, offer a mobile event, Science On the Go for Youth, Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. This event connects science, culture and art with hands-on activities. Find the weekly locations and activities at sitkascience.org/calendar. For more information, contact Sarah Tobey at stobey@sitkascience.org.

      at None
    • ALZHEIMER'S VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

      The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is holding a free virtual conference on Thursday, February 25th as part of its Educating America Tour to provide information about brain health, caregiving, and more to help Alaska residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more or register for the free virtual Alzheimer’s educational program by visiting www.alzfdn.org/tour or calling 866-232-8484.

      at None
    • Friends of the Library Adult Spelling Bee

      The Friends of the Library Adult Spelling Bee is back! Join us at Harrigan Centennial Hall on Wednesday, February 24th at 7 PM to flex your spelling muscles and help support your local library. The fee to enter is $20 per person, with all proceeds going to the Friends of Sitka Public Library. Individuals and two-person teams are welcome, and masks and social distancing will be in place. To register or for more information, please contact Jeff Budd at jbudd3500@gmail.com.

      at Harrigan Centennial Hall