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K-12, UA Look to New Normal This Fall


State K-12 and University of Alaska officials have developed plans for operating through a range of COVID-19 threat levels. During a state COVID-19 press conference Wednesday night:, Alaska Commissioner of Education Michael Johnson described a basic framework districts can use to

guide delivery of education during any pandemic condition.

radio soundbite”…their learning continues.” :08      

University of Alaska president Jim Johnsen shared a similar framework based on four basic COVID-19 threat levels, that campus administrators can use to determine course delivery, housing and other aspects of operation. Johnsen said he anticipates that pandemic conditions will allow more normal operations this fall.

radio soundbite:”… public services available.” :24

President Johnsen cautioned that university campuses have four key COVID-19 transmission risk factors: travel, group housing, mass gatherings…

radio soundbite:”…have all 4.” :10

In a letter to the university community, Johnsen says the plan is not a linear path to re-opening, and that "it is very likely that we will move back and forth among the phases as the incidence of COVID-19 ebbs and flows in our state and communities.”

Dan has been in public radio news in Alaska since 1993. He’s worked as a reporter, newscaster and talk show host at stations in McGrath, Valdez and Fairbanks. Dan’s experience includes coverage of a wide range of topics, from wolf control to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and dog mushing.