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July 7, 2020 / This week from The Signal

All the latest news and information from around Alaska.

More than 50 people gathered in downtown Juneau to march in support of local and national police on Independence Day, led by Bea Findlay. Many of them are part of a new group called Juneau Backs the Blue that formed via Facebook in the past few weeks. (Photo and story by Rashah McChesney / KTOO)

But first… 

"Go back. Don't go back. Go back. Don't go back. -- This is the debate playing out every single day all across the country inside the heads of parents of day care-age children."

When I heard the set up for this interview on Weekend Edition Sunday, I perked up. I have a toddler at home all day, every day, and I'm pretty desperate to have him out of my hair. He also desperately misses his "school" -- probably the only part of the pandemic he understands. 

There's a larger conversation about safely reopening schools for the fall. The Juneau School District is working on its plan right now. That plan relies on social distancing measures, but everyone knows that toddlers can't stay away from each other. There are other issues with day care facilities that school districts don't face: many of them are in financial trouble after being closed for a few months and they were short-staffed or barely staffed before the pandemic hit.

I wish someone could make the decision for me whether or not to send my kid back to day care, but in the meantime, there's this interesting interview with an expert on what child care centers can do to keep kids safe.


-- Jennifer Pemberton, KTOO Managing Editor

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Video of the week

Lacey Davis discusses her experience with racism in Juneau

After watching protests unfold for Black lives in Alaska and across the country, Lacey Davis posted a video on Facebook about her experiences of growing up Black in Juneau and racist incidents that happened to her when she was a student at Thunder Mountain High School.

Juneau School District Superintendent Bridget Weiss saw Davis’ video. She says she wishes Davis would have reported what happened to her. And even though that was a missed opportunity for the school, Weiss says that she hopes that students would report inappropriate comments and behaviors.

Read the story from Pablo Arauz Peña / KTOO 

Just one more thing…

COVID-19 tests over several weeks in May and June revealed 47 coronavirus cases among patients and caregivers at Providence Transitional Care Center in Anchorage — about one in four. Two patients died.

“It’s a virus you can’t see and it’s so fast moving,” said Hashi Price, a certified nursing assistant at the center. “It’s lightning speed.”

Tegan Hanlon at Alaska Public Media has this great story about how Providence workers fought to contain the scary spread of the virus at the site of Alaska’s largest COVID-19 outbreak.

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