PEAKS

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After a year of disruptions for schools related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Unalaska school district is inviting all students to attend summer school this year.

The coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools last March, so students weren't able to attend the program last year. Since then, students have been transitioning between distance learning and intermittent in-person instruction.

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Enrollment is up to a record high at the Unalaska City School District.

Superintendent John Conwell recently announced that 417 students are studying at the island's schools.

That's nine more than at this time last year — and 42 more than in fiscal year 2016, when the district struggled with an unexplained dip.

"It appears that our enrollment has stabilized and may even be growing some," said Conwell at the school board's Sept. 20 meeting. "I'd love to see us [stay] above 415 this year. That would be a record for us."