Anchorage School District extending Spring Break by one week in response to COVID-19 threat

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Anchorage School District is extending Spring Break, which was set to end this Friday, by one week for students.

ASD Superintendent Deena Bishop made the announcement in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

"This announcement is informed by the evolving COVID-19 situation and our understanding that many students, families, and staff members are returning from travels around the world," she wrote in an email to staff and families.

"We know that youth can and will interact with high-risk community members," Bishop said at the conference. "We can affect a change," she said.

Staff and families will receive more information Friday.

Bishop said the district is extending the break to prepare for delivery of alternative education if that becomes necessary.

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz declared an emergency in response to the threat of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus Thursday afternoon as well.

This story will be updated as details are released.

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