AASB UPDATES: Pandemic Resources for Districts

A summary of state and federal resources available to Alaska school districts during the 2021-22 school year. Check this page for updated information and stay connected with AASB on Facebook and Twitter.

AASB joins Alaskans in following the advice of state and national agencies in adopting practices to protect the health of our employees, customers, visitors, and the public, and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

WEBINAR: Back to School Fall 2021 – CDC COVID-19 Prevention Strategies for K-12 Schools

The Centers for Disease Control will host a national webinar Friday, September 3, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET on COVID-19 prevention strategies for K-12 schools to provide state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) education and public health partners with the latest information and resources on the COVID-19 outbreak and U.S. efforts. Invited call participants include STLT education agencies, school district leadership, and education organizations in addition to health directors, epidemiologists, health officials, public health laboratory directors, and nongovernmental partners. Questions may be submitted in advance via email to eocevent335@nullcdc.gov to prioritize addressing them during the webinar. 

Webinar Zoom Link | Passcode: 2gY*KF?^

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Telephone: (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 669 254 5252  or +1 646 828 7666  or +1 551 285 1373  or +1 669 216 1590

Webinar ID: 161 320 4246 | Passcode: 87401112

NEW BROADBAND FUNDING: Second Round of FCC Funding for Broadband and Devices for Off-Campus Use by Students, Schools, and Libraries

In view of outstanding demand and the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the FCC announced in a recent  press release that they will open a second application filing window for schools and libraries to request funding for connected devices and broadband connections for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons for the current 2021-22 school year.  The second application filing window will open on September 28 and close on October 13.  Eligible schools and libraries will be able to apply for financial support for eligible equipment and services received or delivered between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022 for students, school staff and library patrons with unmet needs. 

TO APPLY, GET MORE INFO, OR ASK QUESTIONS: Contact the Emergency Connectivity Fund at (800) 234-9781 Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, or visit EmergencyConnectivityFund.org and sign up for Emergency Connectivity Fund Program emails.

WEBINAR: Alaska School Leaders COVID-19 Update on School Opening

On July 27, 2021 the Department of Health and Social Services provided an update to the latest science regarding COVID-19, and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control concerning school opening. Resources from the session include slides from the presentation, an example of a mitigation plan from an Alaskan school district, and highlights and resources offered in the chat box during the discussion. For school health and safety questions, email schoolhealthandsafety@nullalaska.gov or call 907-269-3433. Meeting video | Presentation slides | Mitigation Plan | Resource links

On July 20, 2021 webinar provides an overview of recently released CDC guidance for schools and is geared toward Alaska school leaders. Dr. Coleman Cutchins and Dr. Lisa Rabinowitz were the primary presenters. Public health experts from the Alaska Division of Public Health will be available to answer questions about the updated information. Meeting video | Presentation slides | More Info