On Feb. 28, the Anchorage School District will ditch its increasingly controversial mask mandate, which had inspired some parents to plan on sending children to school, mask free, next week.

Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop

District Superintendent Deena Bishop announced Feb. 18 that schools would move to a “parent-informed, optional mask wearing” for students, teachers and staff.

Bishop had attempted to do away with masks in December but was blocked by the Anchorage School Board. This time, it appears her decision will stand.

“It’s time to do this for our students,” Bishop wrote on the district website. “I believe that continued mandatory mask wearing is counter-productive and negatively impacts our students’ education, intellectual development, and emotional well-being.”

Bishop noted that Covid cases in Alaska and Anchorage are “dropping rapidly.” She also cited widespread availability of both Covid shots and treatments.

While Bishop did not say why the mask policy will remain in place until the end of the month, she noted that forced student masking has been a burden.

“The last two years have been challenging for everyone and the district strives to be responsive to staff and student needs,” Bishop said. “I plan to sustain all other mitigation measures and procedures that allowed us to re-open schools and keep them open during the Omicron outbreak. The district is prepared to offer PCR tests to symptomatic staff and students through the end of the school year.”

Bishop said the removal of masks will help schools, parents and teachers better focus on learning.

“Children have carried an unprecedented burden during the pandemic, and it is time to refocus on their outcomes and our mission of educating all students for success in life,” she concluded.

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Anchorage schools to go mask optional on Feb. 28

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.


  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    If you go to your search engine, you will discover many psychological as well as physical damage masking has caused our students. Perhaps those in power will realize the importance of our freedoms to be acknowledged instead of the corrupted CDC orders given by non elected bureaucrats who could not care about our kids like we in our communities do.

    • Neil DeWitt says:

      Studies on masks by numerous colleges have all hound mask cause more problems than they help. Yes even in the operating room. Go look it up for yourselves and read the reviews!

  • Theresa says:

    Ya think?
    Gawrsh, we’ve got some bright bulbs in charge of our public schools these days!

  • Andrew Brewer says:

    They are reasoning like the Mat-Su… they can go Masks optional and still get the $2,000 – $2,200 per student provided by the Federal Gov’t if they implement the Federal Plan, including promotion of the so-called Vaccine… so, the rest of the protocol remains in place… How about the CRT and LBGT+ ? Yep, that’s part of the package. I’m not letting them off the hook. They have no right to inflict medical tyranny on our children. When they understand that, then we have won !

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    Optional, take your kids out of these schools
    One it’s not a law it’s just a bull crap mandate.
    I’ve been using this optional system the whole time. You want me to wear a diaper on my face. Sorry I’ll take my business somewhere else.
    No mask wearing or shot for me and my family.

  • Terry Tiree says:

    Neil DeWitt – Epidemiologist, Thoracic Surgeon, Oncologist, Osteopath, ER Nursing Administrator, Orthopedic Surgeon, Respiratory Therapist, Pediatric Neuro-Specialist says masks are no longer needed in the operating room. Substantiation to follow in the March 2022 Journal of the American Medical Association.

  • kris spencer says:

    Bishop pulls from the lib play book. She’s ALL FOR masking. Now…switcheroo….she gets to play the hero! She’s hoping everyone will forget the gov’t schools’ “control” experiment and now she’s talking all compassionate and “we can go back to focusing on education”. Really?????? And that wasn’t important at the START of the school year?? Let’s get more home schools and private schools going.

  • SJJR says:


    1. Preliminary report on surgical mask induced deoxygenation during major surgery

    Face mask side effects include lowered oxygen levels.

    This study proved that surgeons that wore a mask in surgery for an hour + had significant reductions in blood oxygen saturation.

    This is relevant because most of us are being made to wear face masks at work for the whole shift, long journeys on public transport, and when we are in a public places doing shopping etc. and this requires a degree of exertion that is not taken into account.

    “Considering our findings, pulse rates of the surgeon’s increase and SpO2 decrease after the first hour.”

    Decreasing oxygen and increasing carbon dioxide in the bloodstream stimulates a compensatory response in the respiratory centers of the brain. These changes in blood gases result in increases in both frequency and depth of breaths. This exposes another risk – if your mask traps some virus you are breathing more hence increasing viral load and exposure.
    Study article:

    2. Impact of structural features on dynamic breathing resistance of healthcare face mask

    Face mask side effects include impeded breathing.

    Ask people if they have issues breathing in these masks. anecdotal or not, as everyone is different.

    “The results showed that each evaluation index was significantly different (P < 0.05) among different test

    Study article:

    3. Respiratory consequences of N95-type Mask usage in pregnant healthcare workers-a controlled clinical study

    The benefits of using N95 mask to prevent serious emerging infectious diseases should be weighed against potential respiratory consequences associated with extended N95 respirator usage.

    “Study article:

    “It is known that the N95 mask, if worn for hours, can reduce blood oxygenation as much as 20 percent, which can lead to a loss of consciousness, as happened to the hapless fellow driving aroundalone in his car wearing an N95 mask, causing him to pass out, crash his car and sustain injuries. I am sure that we have several cases of elderly individuals or any person with poor lung function passing out, hitting their head. This, of course, can lead to death”

    “CONCLUSIONS: Breathing through N95 mask materials have been shown to impede gaseous exchange and impose an additional workload on the metabolic system of pregnant healthcare workers,and this needs to be taken into consideration in guidelines for respirator use”

    Yet we force pregnant women to use them…? What could this do to the fetus?

    4. Headaches and the N95 face-mask amongst healthcare providers

    Face mask side effects include headaches.

    These headaches can force you to use added or unnecessary medications like painkillers that carry their own side effects. The theory as to why masks can trigger headaches is the RESTRICTION OF OXYGEN.

    What are the long-term health effects on Health Care Workers with headaches arising from impeded breathing?

    Here are several sources and studies that back up this claim:
    Study article:

    Headaches Associated With Personal Protective Equipment – A Cross-Sectional Study Among Frontline Healthcare Workers During COVID-19
    Study article:

    How to Avoid Migraine Triggers While Wearing Your Mask

    5. Use of surgical face masks to reduce the incidence of the common cold among health care workers in Japan: a randomized controlled trial

    “Of the 8 symptoms recorded daily, subjects in the mask group were significantly more likely to experience headaches during the study period”

    “Face mask use in health care workers has not been demonstrated to provide benefit in terms of cold symptoms or getting colds”

    Study article:

    6. Your Health Your Responsibility

    This video shows that even reading a book with a mask on decreases blood oxygen levels to your brain. what implications does this have for developing children forced to wear masks at school etc?

    7. Physiological impact of the N95 filtering facepiece respirator on healthcare workers

    “CONCLUSIONS: In healthy healthcare workers, FFR did not impose any important physiological burden during 1 hour of use, at realistic clinical work rates, but the FFR dead-space carbon dioxide andoxygen levels were significantly above and below, respectively, the ambient workplace standards, and elevated P(CO2) is a possibility”

    Remember in “healthy healthcare workers” even their carbon dioxide levels rose. Most of the wider public have at least one health problem. Even healthy people were shown to have elevated CO2 levelsabove the healthy guidelines.
    Study article:

    8. The adverse skin reactions of health care workers using personal protective equipment for COVID-19

    Face mask side effects include adverse skin reactions

    The adverse skin reactions of health care workers using personal protective equipment for COVID-19
    Study article:

    9. Your Mask May Be Causing Candida Growth in Your Mouth

    Face mask side effects include yeast infections

    10. ‘Mask mouth’ is a seriously stinky side effect of wearing masks

    Face mask side effects include dental issues.

    “We’re seeing inflammation in people’s gums that have been healthy forever, and cavities in people who have never had them before,” says Dr. Rob Ramondi, a dentist and co-founder of One ManhattanDental. “About 50 percent of our patients are being impacted by this, [so] we decided to name it ‘mask mouth’ — after ‘meth mouth.’ ”

    “While mask mouth isn’t quite as obvious, if left untreated, the results could be equally harmful.

    Gum disease — or periodontal disease — will eventually lead to strokes and an increased risk of heart attacks,”

    says Dr. Marc Sclafani, another co-founder of One Manhattan Dental”

    11. All That Mask-Wearing Could Be Giving You (Gasp!) Mouth Fungus—Here’s How to Deal With it

    12. ‘Maskne’ Is a Real Thing—Here’s How to Stop Face Mask Breakouts

    Face mask side effects include acne

    13. Improper use of medical masks can cause infections Face mask side effects include mould and infections

    Masks can cause bacterial and fungal infections around the mouth,and in the mouth and lungs EVEN if you wash the cloth mask. Mould colonies were found in masks in as little as one day.

    14. Mould Colonization in Your Sinuses Could Be Holding You Back From Making a Full Recovery <

    Information on mould and how it can affect your health.

    15. An investigation into the efficiency of disposable face masks

    What are the dangers of bacterial and fungal growths on a used and loaded mask?

    This study tested all kinds of disposable masks and proved they cause you to breathe back in your own crap. Study article:

    16. Can the Elastic of Surgical Face Masks Stimulate Ear Protrusion in Children?

    Disfiguration in children. Can masks stimulate ear protrusion in children?

    This is due to masks that are too tightly fitted.

    Tight masks can also cause tension headaches. Is this healthy for children long term?
    Study article:

    17. When You Wear A Face Mask Every Day, This Is What Happens To Your Lungs

    Mask use can trigger allergies due to the mask collecting particles that stay on you for long periods of time.

    18. The physiological impact of wearing an N95 mask during hemodialysis as a precaution against SARS in patients with end-stage renal disease

    The physiological impact of wearing an N95 mask during hemodialysis as a precaution against SARS in patients with end-stage renal disease.

    And yet, we make sick people wear them. Even people without breathing issues, have lowered oxygen rates.
    Study article:

    19. Other Face Mask Side Effects and Health Implications to Consider

    There is a great potential for harm that may arise from public policies forcing mask use on the wider population.

    The following unanswered questions arise unanswered:

    Can masks shed fibers or micro plastics that we can breathe in?
    Do these masks excrete chemical substances that are harmful when inhaled?
    Can masks excrete chemicals or fumes when heated, either with bodyheat sunlight or other sources of heat?
    Clothing dye can cause reactions, so how do we know that the manufacturing process of these masks do not pose a risk to us? Because, in reality, we do not buy our masks from medical companiesor facilities who operate in sterile environments.
    20. [Gaps in asepsis due to surgical caps, face masks, external surfaces of infusion bottles and sterile wrappers of disposable articles]

    “It is obvious that the surfaces of the boxes of sterile packed disposable instruments and infusion bottles are not sterile. The disposable surgical masks and surgical caps used for sterile clothing are delivered by the producers not sterile, either.” AND THIS IS HOSPITAL EQUIPMENT.
    Study article:

    21. Mask Production Video

    This is a “factory” that produces alot of masks. Does this look a sterile environment to you? This is what the majority of us are getting when we purchase online or in stores that sell them in bulk. Do you wantthat on your face?

    22. Allergies and the Immune System

    Can pathogen-laden droplets interact with environmental dust and aerosols captured on the mask? Can this elicit a greater reaction to viruses? For example, if you have a dust allergy your mask is collecting this thus causing inflamation to the wearer and lowering his or her immune system.

    “This can cause wheezing, itching, runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, and other symptoms” would that not

    facilitate spread and infection rate of viruses?

    23. Virus interactions with bacteria: Partners in the infectious dance

    Bacteria and viruses can interact an increase infection suseptability:

    24. When viruses and bacteria unite!

    25. An empirical and theoretical investigation into the psychological effects of wearing a mask

    Face mask side effects include altered behaviour

    Are there negative social consequences to a masked society? This study implies that, yes, masks do cause people to adopt altered behaviours based on mask use.

    26. Mask mandates may affect a child’s emotional, intellectual development

    Face mask side effects stagnate a child’s natural intellectual development. It is well known that children find it hard to recognise faces up until a certain age. Mask use will further interfere with this. Is this healthy for a developing child?

    27. Disabled People and Masks Contributing Toward Mental Health Issues

    Face mask side effects and mental health

    What about disabled people? Deaf /people hard of hearing rely on mouth reading. What are the implications for them? What about people who suffer cognitive and behavioural disorders like autism? This could cause them HUGE distress. Not just from wearing a mask, but seeing others in masks (because let’s face it – IT’S NOT NORMAL BEHAVIOUR).

    Can masks cause anxiety, or make other mental health disorders worse?

    Since masks CAN impede breathing, this can cause fainting and other bodily reaction that would otherwise be avoided if masks were not used. Here is a search engine link to prove that it is very common:

    28. Maine study looks into long-term psychological effects of wearing face masks coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic

    This is a study on the psychological effects of masks. wearing-face-masks-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/ar-BB13EfiU

    29. Masks: Have You Been Captured by This Psyop?

    Are there negative psychological consequences to wearing a mask, as a fear-based behavioral modification? This can easily trigger fear as a mask is reminding you there’s a virus. The use of mask can also cause you to engage in risky behaviours due to a “false sense of security” because you feel protected.

    30. Masking the Truth – Face Masks, Empathy and Dis-inhibition

    31. Covid-19 face masks: A potential source of microplastic fibers in the environment

    What are the environmental consequences of mask manufacturing and disposal?

    Proof of increased littering due to increased mask use. a quick engine search will tell you, people are dumping them EVERYWHERE – into our rivers, into greenland areas etc. Plastics like nylon leach chemicals are going into our environment.

    32. Why Masks Don’t Work Against COVID-19

    Can used and loaded masks become vectors of enhanced transmission for both the wearer and other people? (The evidence from studies suggest yes). Masks become useless after about 20 minutes due to the moisture in your breath. This moisture can become the droplets that viruses travel on. Can this not facilitate transmission?

    Can masks become collectors and retainers of pathogens that otherwise, could be avoided when breathing without a mask? (The evidence suggests yes).

    Can large droplets trapped via a mask become atomized or aerosolized into breathable components? Even down to the virion size. (The evidence suggests yes).

  • Jesse says:

    Soooo glad the ASD recognizes my right to parent as I see fit, how magnanimous of them.
    Truly feel sorry for those you have been duped into injecting their kids with an experimental drug. Its not their fault and do encourage others to not judge and come along side those people and children who are now starting to have issues, you have been done wrong.