Riverbend Elementary classes will move to nearby church during school repairs

Riverbend Elementary School is being inspected for water damage in Juneau, Alaska on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Over the weekend, a pipe burst and flooded about two-thirds of the school with inches of water. (Photo by Lyndsey Brollini/KTOO)

Juneau’s Riverbend Elementary School will move classes from its flooded Mendenhall Valley school to a nearby church facility while repairs are underway. That’s according to Principal Elizabeth Pisel-Davis, who posted on the school district’s website on Sunday.

Chapel by the Lake is about two miles up the road from Riverbend Elementary. Its reverend opened the building to students temporarily. Nearly all classrooms will fit in the facility.

The church building has a commercial kitchen and space where breakfast and lunch may be served to students. The University of Alaska Southeast has also offered up a classroom and its recreation center, according to the update.

Pisel-Davis wrote that she hopes students will be able to return to school in person at the Chapel by the Lake by the end of the week. Until then, the school is providing at-home learning materials to families.

Claire Stremple

Alaska News Reporter, KTOO

I believe every Alaskan has a right to timely information about their health and health systems, and their natural environment and its management. My goal is to report thoughtful stories that inform, inspire and quench the curiosity of listeners across the state.

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