Under the new rules, masks will be optional at Ketchikan schools when fewer than 50 COVID-19 cases are active in the community. The change comes as cases and hospitalizations are near record levels, straining some medical resources.
“As you know, there is a bit of a spike right now in the community, and some of that is coming from the schools. We anticipate some professionals from the state to also participate, and I would anticipate that they will have some specific suggestions on what they think proper mitigations and procedures are for schools,” School Board President Stephen Bradford said.
The school board will read the following statement before each meeting: “The Board of Education would like to respectfully acknowledge the traditional first people of this land, the Tongass Tlingit people.”