Waiting for the 'green light' to get students back in school

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - On Sunday, the Anchorage School district held a meeting announcing schools will be closed until Monday, December 10.

Tom Roth, ASD Chief Operating Officer, says schools are being categorized as green, amber, or red, based on safety.

The district says before a school is "green" or ready for re-entry, there are four steps in place.

"First is that the building is cleared of any debris or potential falling hazard by our operation staff. We don’t want people going into buildings where there are things dangling from the ceiling or there are large pools of water," said Roth.

Secondly, schools need to have heat and power. The building needs to pass a structural impacts assessment to make sure there are no structural compromises. Next, schools need to have functioning sprinkler systems and fire alarms.

The Anchorage School District plans to post tiered school assessments on the statuses of each school.

In the Mat-Su Borough, schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday except for Glacier View, Trapper Creek Elementary, Talkeetna Elementary, Su Valley High School, Willow Elementary and Beryozova School.

The district says it will announce further details of the damage done to schools and the district's plans moving forward via Facebook Live at 2 p.m. on Monday.

This story will continue to be updated.