This time last year, the Anchorage School District was struggling to get kids back to in-person learning for the fall semester, while coronavirus cases surged in the community.

They ended up holding off on their reopening plans for the fall, but by the spring of 2021 they had phased Pre-K through 12th grade back to the classroom.

Now a new school year is about to begin and our community is once again struggling with high case counts due to the Delta variant.

But ASD is pressing forward with their plan to bring all students back on August 17th.

In this episode ATMI senior producer Daisy Carter chats with Marty Lang, a director of secondary education with the Anchorage School District. He talks about what the upcoming school year will look like, the district’s decision to have all students and teachers wear masks and the public’s response to that, and much more.

They spoke on August 10th, 2021.


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