Anchorage school board reverses decision to drop face mask requirement

Anchorage and Wrangell both will review masking policy mid-January

Anchorage public schools opened the new year with face mask requirements still in place, after the school board reversed a decision by the superintendent that would have made masks optional.

Schools Superintendent Deena Bishop decided in mid-December to drop the masking requirement for when students and staff returned to class on Monday, but the Anchorage School Board on Dec. 20 voted 5-1 to reverse the decision.

Face masks will be required in the state’s largest school district until at least Jan. 15, when the board will review the policy.

Board member Andy Holleman, who proposed the motion t...


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