What do you think of how the district has handled COVID-19 in schools so far? Would you like to change anything?

  • School Board

    • Kyle Scholl*

      Candidate for School Board

      With COVID, as we all know, it was a tough situation for all. You know, I do like some of the stuff that the school district is doing and has done. I’m not a huge fan on the masks, as they tend to cause other health issues other than keeping COVID out. But I like to meet in the middle. You know, I, myself and other parents have sent in information and research and stuff and felt like the board kind of, you know, looked past it. You know, there’s parents that don’t like it, there’s parents that like it — we just need to meet in the middle and have a compromise.

    • Thom Buzard

      Candidate for School Board

      I would like to change some things. First of all, I think that in order to get the school back open they did what they had to do and complied with the recommendations. I don’t disapprove of that. I am not an anti-masker or an anti-vaxxer, at all. But, I do disapprove of the mandatory masking and taking the control out of the hands of the parents. I’m a big fan of parental rights and I think that the parents make the best choices for their children and I would have preferred that they left it up to the parents and the students. But, they chose not to do that.

    • Will Muldoon*

      Candidate for School Board

      The most important thing is to keep kids in schools, and the best way to keep kids in schools is to keep mask mandates and COVID mitigation strategies and policies that the board has already enacted. Juneau’s going through a spike right now, but then when you look at what the school district has experienced in regards to COVID cases, total cases for the school year right now are lower than the entirety of what CBJ sees sometimes in a weekend, sometimes in a day. I think that’s really good work, and I absolutely do not want to change anything.

    • Ibn Bailey

      Candidate for School Board

      I wouldn’t change a thing that the district has done at this point. I think that they’ve shown with the low COVID rates, that their mandate is following the city, the state, resulting in lower COVID rates for our students. So to continue on with what’s working with the masking. I’m 100% behind the board and their decisions for mitigation.

    • Aaron Spratt

      Candidate for School Board

      I believe parents make the best educational and health decisions for their children. Many countries do not require students to wear masks, and they have not seen an uptick in cases amongst children. The fact that COVID and flu account for less than 1% of pediatric deaths should inform our behavior and our requirements for our students and find a balanced response.

    • Elizabeth Siddon

      Candidate for School Board

      The school district and the board have followed public health guidance in order to deliver education as safely and as consistently as possible. The end goal really is students in classrooms. We know that for the majority of our students, that is where they learn best – with their teachers and with their peers. But given the inevitable short disruptions, while close contact students need to quarantine, I would like to see us continue to bolster our academic support of those students as they transition to learning via distance for those short periods of time.

    • Amber Frommherz

      Candidate for School Board

      In terms of COVID-19, I just want to give a big appreciation and shout out to the school board members to pull us through that school, this past school year, and still currently we are dealing with it. Not the school board only but the teachers and the students and the families. And in terms of what we would change, I would look to our experts, I would look to our to Emergency Operations Center experts to inform our lessons learned.