Anchorage schools closed all week after earthquake damage

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Anchorage Schools will be closed all week in the aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake that struck Southcentral Alaska on Friday. All after-school activities are canceled as well. The first day back in class will be Monday, Dec. 10.

Superintendent Deena Bishop made the decision to close schools to allow staff and maintenance crews to continue recovery operations. “We absolutely want our kids back in safe and functional classrooms, but I am going to do this in a safe and deliberate way,” a statement from Bishop said.

Monday morning, principals will be told if school staff may report to schools to perform individual classroom material and clean-up assessments. The district will give teachers and staff a checklist.

School staff will work with parents to allow students back into schools to recover personal property if and when it is determined safe to do so. Bishop says to contact your school's principal if important items need to be retrieved.

In the Mat-Su Borough, engineers are looking closely at Houston Middle School and Colony Middle and High Schools. Houston Middle suffered significant damage, according to Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services Director Otto Feather.

Channel 2's Kalinda Kindle contributed to this report.

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