The Mat-Su school board suspended a policy that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice.
Federal change may lead to higher prices for others, affect academic performance and food security.
Multiple federal agencies affirm the rights of transgender people.
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.
Both the Mat-Su and Kenai regions are among the areas in Alaska under the state’s “red alert” level based on their rates of coronavirus cases.
By-and-large, students, teachers and administrators are happy to be back in schools, even if it means wearing uncomfortable masks.
The board voted to punt the decision on the reading list and course outline until May 2021.
The Grammy-winning, Alaska-grown rock band Portugal. The Man is offering to send five books recently banned from school curriculum in the Mat-Su, where several band members grew up, to students there who want to read them.
If records and reference checks don’t turn up any red flags, there isn’t much other information available to school districts. But there are other steps districts can take to emphasize student safety.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District said Houston Middle School will likely be closed for the rest of the year because of extensive damage from Friday’s earthquake.