There will be no mandatory face coverings for students and staff participating in summer school programs in the Kenai School District.

A letter from Acting Superintendent Clayton Holland addressed to the community states that as of June 14 schools will be mask optional.

Holland noted that the decision was influenced by new CDC guidelines, widely available vaccines and the sharp decline in case rate on the Kenai Peninsula.

“The summer is the perfect time to make this change as there are fewer students in our buildings and the temperatures allow our staff to increase outdoor instruction and activity time,” Holland said. “As we move through the summer we will continue to monitor local transmission levels and keep track of State and CDC recommendations related to mitigation plans in our schools.”

The district is still “strongly” advising non-vaccinated staff, student and parents to mask, but this is no longer mandated. Likewise physical distancing of three feet is encouraged, but not mandated.

Despite being one of the least vaccinated regions in the state at just 44.8%, COVID case rates in the Kenai Borough are among the very lowest in the state at just three per 100,000 residents. The Kenai case rate is far lower than Juneau where 74% of residents have received COVID shots but transmissions remain more than twice as high at seven cases per 100,000 people.

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Kenai schools ditch masks for summer sessions

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Timothy Colbath says:

    Chinese cargo pilots over-nighting in Anchorage brought the first cases into Anchorage in early December 2019. Many of us had the virus late December 2019 into January 2020. Natural/acquired immunity works.

  • Bob Bird says:

    Despite the Fauci emails exposing masks as a total fraud, and he knew it every step of the way, we see where we still like to make-believe they are, or ever have been, needed. “Fauci a liar? A perjurer? Criminal? But his lies tasted so good! Why give them up now? Wear a mask, just to be safe.”

  • Vonda Sanders says:

    No stop wearing MASKS. They dont work.

  • John J. Otness says:

    DOMINION and our Governor and Legislature. all worked together to destroy our state They are. the enemy. The Gov watched Anchorage writhe and die and he turned his back. The legislature. but a few Patriots continue. to twist the knife in our backs … Time to. give the treasonous. a one way flight. to Gitmo.

  • John J. Otness says:

    The Totality of this insidious heinous crime pushed by this weak kneed government of just pathetic Lemmings eager to tear up our Constitutional rights and dont forget all the suicides attributed. to this lockdown …. You feckless spineless worms who issued orders and mandates to violate our GOD. given rights . The residual on our children you never gave a second thought Pay per view Tribunals wont wash away this show of cowardice and abandonment of our Children. and Constitution. We haven’t even got started on the evil of the push of an Experimental Vaccine…. Oh my goodness we have no idea of what will happen with this. But Biblically the World is not a World of Benevolence toward mankind and if the frontline doctors. are correct and the mass deaths start in a two year period All hell will bust. loose. But pushing a poison will be a burden I wish on no man or woman’s conscious. Wish in one hand.

  • Ralph says:

    The masks actually catch viruses and germs your body is exhaling and causes you to breathe them back in… If he corona virus were THAT BAD, there would have been biohazard bins for the citizens to dispose of their disgusting masks, but it really wasn’t that much of a threat, and really wasn’t about a nearly harmless contagion.
    -I hope people are waking up after this…