Alaska school board members who decline to get a COVID shot are now banned from all in-person events held by the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB).

AASB Executive Director Lon Garrison

A recent letter from AASB Executive Director Lon Garrison said the organization believes the “safest way to offer in-person events is to require proof of vaccination.” Members who fail to do so are no longer permitted to attend academies and conferences, which comprise an essential part of what AASB provides for Alaska school board members and superintendents.

“I know some individuals will disagree with our decision, a decision that I, as executive director, recommended,” Garrison said. “I acknowledge and respect everyone’s unique perspective on the issue.  Nonetheless, AASB, in its role as a governance and educational leader in Alaska has a responsibility to do all it can to ensure the safety of our members, staff, parents, communities, and students. Alaska’s public-school students depend on all of us. We have to balance that in conjunction with our mission to help school boards and their superintendents to understand their role in shared leadership and good governance.”

The AASB consists of more than 330 individual board members who are responsible for students who attend state-run public schools. Associate members include school superintendents, advisory school boards, the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education and the Special Education Service Agency. A 15-member board of directors, consisting of 12 directors and four officers, governs AASB. This board is elected by membership at an annual conference.

In making the decision to ban all non-vaccinated members from future in-person events, Garrison said the decision was a “tough” choice.

“As a former school board member, I know and understand the weight and impact of making hard choices and sharing in the responsibility for the good of the whole,” he said. “Therefore, I ask for your grace, your kindness, and your patience.”

His decision, however, makes no allowances for people who have already contracted the virus through natural infection, nor does it permit members to attend if they can show test results that they are virus free. Instead, all attendees – apart from those with an approved medical exemption – must submit proof of vaccination. Furthermore, all attendees – regardless of vaccination status – must wear a mask during any event, except when eating or drinking.

The new policy could present challenges going forward, as none of the four largest school districts in Alaska require vaccines for teachers or students. Among Anchorage, Mat-Su, Fairbanks and Kenai, only the Anchorage School District requires district-wide masking.


To contact Executive Director Lon Garrison, call (907) 463-1660 or email

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Alaska school board association bans non-vaxed members from attending events

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.


  • Michael S Totten says:

    Fine with me. I don’t attend their stupid events anyway

  • G Aleution says:

    Violating the US Constitution right of freedom of economic association. Show me in your emolument who gave you authority to determine who could freely associate with whom. Did you have personal and subject matter authority and you must have both; where did you get the right? If you don’t have jurisdiction in your person you can not get it from the delegation of another who does not have jurisdiction. The authority of an agent of a servant is not authority to dictate to other free men turning them into your slaves. ALL slavery is fully abolished in this nation.

  • Timothy Colbath says:

    The party of “Follow the Science” is making a mockery of science. There are now multiple studies – of large groups of people that demonstrate those with Natural Immunity are up to 13 times more protected from reinfection or death than ANY of the vaccines available. The study from Israel used a group of over 800,000 cases. Yet we have people like this that demand taking experimental vaccines – Phizer is not approved – the new Phizer drug under a new name is “approved” yet unavailable. Here in the US alone over 5,900 people have died following vaccination and were reported to the VAERS system. The VAERS is run by the HHS and sends their weekly numbers to the CDC each Friday. Worldwide over 13,000 deaths are reported to the system – which states on the site they are under-reported to. As of August 13th – there have been over 451,049 reported Adverse events reported. If you are under 70 and are in decent shape – not overweight or having multiple comorbidities – your chance of survival is over 99%. Talk to your doctor(s). Get multiple opinions. Ask for Hydroxichloroquine or Ivermectin and Zinc. Take it at the first positive test. Therapeutics is the answer to saving lives!

  • Mongo Love Candy says:

    Yes all the Communist members who push CRT need to take the death shots, in fact I recommend they take a booster every month until they are all dead just as the NAZI Doctor Fauci recommends.

  • Wisdom Cries in the Streets says:

    But I thought we were supposed to allow more diverse “voices” a seat at the table?

  • Andy says:

    Wow, nothing like setting an example for the youth. This was a poor move considering the injections long term safety is questionable plus there is increasing evidence that the injected are now the breeding grounds for spike protein mutations and subsequent virus shedding, maybe its better this way we’ll need clear heads in charge after its all settled.

  • NAV says:

    First case of postmortem study in a patient vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2
    Torsten Hansen 1 , Ulf Titze 2 , Nidhi Su Ann Kulamadayil-Heidenreich 3 , Sabine Glombitza 4 , Johannes Josef Tebbe 3 , Christoph Röcken 5 , Birte Schulz 2 , Michael Weise 3 , Ludwig Wilkens 4
    Affiliations expand
    PMID: 33872783 PMCID: PMC8051011 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2021.04.053
    Free PMC article
    A previously symptomless 86-year-old man received the first dose of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. He died 4 weeks later from acute renal and respiratory failure. Although he did not present with any COVID-19-specific symptoms, he tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 before he died. Spike protein (S1) antigen-binding showed significant levels for immunoglobulin (Ig) G, while nucleocapsid IgG/IgM was not elicited. Acute bronchopneumonia and tubular failure were assigned as the cause of death at autopsy; however, we did not observe any characteristic morphological features of COVID-19. Postmortem molecular mapping by real-time polymerase chain reaction revealed relevant SARS-CoV-2 cycle threshold values in all organs examined (oropharynx, olfactory mucosa, trachea, lungs, heart, kidney and cerebrum) except for the liver and olfactory bulb. These results might suggest that the first vaccination induces immunogenicity but not sterile immunity.
    Keywords: Autopsy; Histology; RT-PCR; SARS-CoV-2; Vaccine.

    • Dr. Greg Moody says:

      thank you for a relevant comment. I’m very tired of emotional tirades that accomplish very little. I believe that we need emotion to fuel our desire for a fight, but above all I want relevant truth in order to make informed decisions.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    Lou must be confronted with his heinous decisions.
    No science.
    Marxist fear porn.
    We have to hold these people accountable that are attempting to tear apart the fabric of our society.
    Where is Dunleavy?
    Where is Bronson?
    Garrison must go.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Stop the madness

  • Michael S Totten says:

    It will backfire like everything else they do

  • Theresa says:

    Daily, I am surprised anew at the number of dedicated Communists within our constitutional republic.

  • gary ohmer says:

    Here’s the vitamins that you need to combat the virus –
    Quercetin 500 mg, vitamin c 800 mg, vitamin d3 5000iu 125 mg, zinc 130 mg
    Quercetin takes the place of Hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin
    This guy is an idiot – needs to be replaced

  • Michael says:

    This is not about about freedom of choice , or even the constitution .
    This goes much further .
    We all have the God given right to decide for our selves what is right for our families and our selves individually .
    If someone wants to wear a mask , get a ‘synthetic’ medical experiment , or get tested every day or week … let them .
    But don’t push that on me or my family .
    If one does it for protection , let them feel protected . But don’t push that on me or my family .
    This is only a bowing to fear campaign . How did this coward get to this position ?
    I say stand your ground , don’t buckle to the jab . I wouldn’t even wear a mask or get tested with a provably faulty test system .
    We have rights .
    And when we acquiesce
    We forfeit those rights completely .

    • Nicole says:

      Agreed. This arrogant jackass has no authority over other people’s individual rights to make their own health decisions or to freely associate with others. Prompt mob action laughing, mocking and scorning to shame this outrageous abuse of a paid SERVANTS (not king and/or master) role would go a long way to deter further bullying. We do NOT consent to your health advice.

  • Theresa says:

    Alaska Open Meetings Act

    Doesn’t this apply anywhere?

  • Jen says:

    You know what is the most troubling thought is Lon Garrison care-less about you and me, since he doesnt know you and me. If we became seriously ill, what’s it to him as long as it doesn’t happen to him.
    What you think about this:

    “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Tim 3:2-5

    It describes majority of peoples today such as Lon Garrison, and now Rep. Snyder and Zulkosky pressuring Governor Dunleavy reinstate a state of emergency to force covid jabs, facial wear, and disrupted business.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    This is a lobbying group according to a local school board member. This “association” is more Big Brother stuff. How will it be determined that we will be vaxxed or not? By whose authority? This is sickening and takes us where we do not want to go. This is dominating and blocking any efforts toward a free society. Governor Dunleavy needs to speak up and protect us from these clowns who have power but no brains.

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    Governors in Florida and Texas have taken the high ground and protected their citizens. Governor Dunleavy needs to follow what makes sense not the leftists/Marxists, etc

  • Buzz Kelley says:

    Mr. Davidson,
    Thank you for always providing accurate information and also contact information.
    Buzz Kelley