It has been a year since the pandemic forced schools in Alaska to close their doors and switch to remote learning. Slowly but surely, though, students are returning to in-person classes.

In January Pre-K through 2nd grade along with some special needs programs returned, followed by the rest of the elementary grades in February. On March 15th, middle and high school students are scheduled to return.

In this episode we hear from two administrators of the Anchorage School District: Tim Andrew, a director in elementary education, and Joe Zawodny, a director of secondary education.

They talk about how in-person classes have been going for the younger grades, what school will look like for middle and high schoolers, and the options that the district provides for families who aren’t ready to send their kids back yet.

Hosted by Ryan Danigole. Interviews conducted by Quinn White.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.


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