Soos was on a solo bicycle ride in Maine last Wednesday when he suffered a fatal accident.
The Mat-Su School District is one of the only large districts that does not require masks on buses, despite a federal order requiring people to mask up on all public transportation.
More students are able to live on campus this year, but some rooms are still reserved for “quarantine housing.” All students living on campus were required to get a COVID-19 vaccine, unless they’ve been approved for an exemption.
Nationwide between Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, about 121,000 children tested positive for the virus. That’s a 23% increase over the prior week.
Juneau city officials reported 32 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Students, teachers and administrators say they’re happy to be back in person.
Out of the 10 largest districts, seven are requiring universal masking inside school buildings. And across the state, more than half of all districts are starting the school year with universal mask policies.
The name Chickaloonies comes from what Macheras’ mom called all the “crazy kids from Chickaloon.”
The number of students enrolled in homeschool programs across the country doubled, according to a survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. For some, being thrust into a more flexible education option led to unexpected success.
The board voted unanimously on Tuesday, but not before more than a dozen parents, teachers and community members voiced their opinions over Zoom. Board President Elizabeth Siddon said they also received more than 230 emails on the topic.