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Notice from Superintendent Gene Stone, Wednesday September 2nd, 2020.

LYSD Families,

Our sites have enjoyed a great beginning. Our Yupik Cultural Director, Janet Johnson has done an exceptional job in working with and coordinating meaningful cultural and subsistence activities for our students throughout the district.

Our teachers are working hard to prepare their classrooms and develop new methods of instruction so that students continue to make the progress they need to make to demonstrate proficiencies in reading, writing and math as well as acquire Yupik language skills and subsistence skills.

As we prepare to return students to classroom instruction each site has prepared mitigation plans.  We have worked in concert with communities, our school board, tribal and city leadership and with YKHC to ensure we have positioned ourselves to operate schools with the necessary safeguards to ensure our students and their families safety..

In our latest mitigation plans our sites communicated that we would take temperatures upon entry for all students. We have installed high speed sanitizer dispensers, mapped our schools for safe traffic patterns and will require our school personnel to wear masks and/or face shields as they conduct their school business throughout the day. We had shared that we would provide masks for all students and would recommend students wear masks while in school but would make it optional. As I have further explored, heard and watched from YKHC experts it has made me rethink the optional part of mask wearing.  In order to ensure a safe start-up I have asked principals to require school personnel, students and all guests to wear masks for our initial start-up per CDC and YKHC recommendations.  We have ordered folding protective desk shields but they won't be available for 4-5 weeks from now. As COVID lingers there continues to be products that are coming to market that are good mitigation solutions. Until we can put these shields in all classrooms I would ask for our communities support in the wearing of masks in the classroom by students.  I know this was not what we originally shared as part of the mitigation plans. I'm asking for us to share some inconvenience in the interest of safety for our students and all of our communities.  The Lower Yukon has been fortunate but I don't believe it is a result of luck.  I believe our low incidence of COVID-19 is a result of conscientious communities all doing their part to protect the health of their community.  To start classrooms with added caution for the first few weeks makes a great deal of sense to me, I hope it makes sense to all of our communities in the LYSD as well.

Thank you all for your continued support and for the flexibility you have all shown as we fight an invisible intruder that is not welcome in our schools and communities.

Gene Stone
Chief School Administrator
Lower Yukon School District
PO Box 32089 Mountain Village, AK 99632


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