Alaska Educators and the Coronavirus Outbreak 2020-08-11T16:37:27-08:00

“Our educators are committed to doing the very best we can to help our students be successful in their learning, even if we can’t be together face to face quite yet – and we look so very forward to the day that we can do so without jeopardizing the lives of our students, their families, and the education professionals upon whom they rely.” – Tom Klaameyer, NEA-Alaska President

The unprecedented COVID-19 coronavirus has caused widespread disruptions as schools are navigating the back-to-school process in Alaska and across the country. NEA-Alaska continues to monitor the situation closely and we are actively working with the Department of Education and Early Development, school districts, and local associations to keep you up to date.

Please use and share this webpage as a resource during these challenging times. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have questions, concerns, or issues.

Resources:

Educator Rights during COVID-19

Chart addressing Alaska educator rights and personal concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEA-Alaska Micro-Credentials: Virtual Professional Learning Communities

Teacher Micro-Credentials
ESP Micro-Credentials

ASCA/NASP School Reentry Considerations

American School Counselor Association and National Association of School Psychologists guide to supporting student social and emotional learning and mental and behavioral health amidst COVID-19.

IDEA Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis

A comprehensive guide for school districts to be mindful of as they continue to provide instruction and services to students with disabilities during and after the COVID-19 health crisis.

NEA Foundation COVID-19 Response Grants

The NEA Foundation is offering three new grant opportunities to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning: COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant, COVID-19 Learning and Leadership Grant, and the COVID-19 Student Success Grant.

COVID Educators and Caregiver Guide to Prevention During a Crisis

Alaska Children’s Trust developed this detailed guide for educators and caregivers on helping children cope with a crisis, preventing child abuse before it occurs, and intervening when abuse is suspected.

NEA Digital Learning Guide

This document reviews critical considerations for educators tasked with implementing digital learning programs due to COVID-19 related school closures.

Alaska DEED Teaching and Learning Support Site

This site offers information, resources, and leadership to teachers and school leaders across Alaska. The site will serve as a clearinghouse where we share great ideas gleaned from a variety of locations and sources.

edWeb.net free webinars for E-Learning

This edWebinar will provide essential resources for state, district and school administrators and teachers as they prepare for eLearning days in the wake of school closings related to the COVID-19 virus.

At-Home Training Guide for Education Support Professionals

District work from home policies may be unclear for NEA-Alaska’s ESPs. This document is designed to capture training opportunities educators can engage in at home that allow us to model the life-long learning we want for our students.

Alaska Public Media Teaching and Learning Media

Use the links on this page to quickly access interactive lessons you can use for remote learning, whether you want to suggest or formally assign something to students, or share ideas with parents.

NEA Member Benefits Financial Relief

From student debt to taxes to monthly bills, coronavirus is affecting your finances. This round-up can help you find the information you need now.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

The U.S. Senate on March 25 passed the $2-trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help stabilize workers, families, and the economy during the COVID-19 public health crisis

Trauma-Informed Teaching during the COVID-19 Crisis 

Experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network share their recommendations for educators supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 Articles and Stories:

NEA-Alaska Statement on School Reopening

August 3, 2020 Alaska public schools exist because they are the most effective places to facilitate and foster student learning. [...]

Survey finds over 75% of Alaska teachers ‘somewhat uncomfortable’ with full reopening of schools

July 27, 2020 | KTVA | Scott Gross | A recent survey by the National Education Association-Alaska revealed a majority of teachers [...]

Most Alaska students will go to school fewer than 5 days per week this fall, superintendents say

July 23, 2020 | ADN | James Brooks | Most of Alaska’s K-12 students will go to school fewer than [...]

LISTEN: Anchorage union president says teachers are concerned about returning to classrooms

July 15, 2020 | Alaska Public Media | Casey Grove | There remains great concern among teachers in the state’s [...]

Juneau teachers union wants masks mandated as schools set for some in-person classes

July 14, 2020 | KTUU | Sean Maguire | JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - School administrators in Juneau are planning some [...]

Anchorage teachers union responds to ASD’s back-to-school plan

July 13, 2020 | KTVA | Makayla Clark | The Anchorage Education Association responded to Anchorage School District's back-to-school plan [...]