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Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on Thursday that schools in Alaska will remain closed through the end of the school year.

Unalaska City School District Superintendent John Conwell said local schools will continue home-based education through May 29, 2020.

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A Monday morning stroll through Unalaska’s elementary and high school hallways reverberates with an unnerving and overwhelming silence. The expected babble and laughter of students squeezing in final bits of a hurried conversation, the low and frantic scribbling of last night’s calculus homework, and the metallic harmonies of lockers tolling shut exists in a time that seems far removed from the now dark, empty vestibules.


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The Unalaska City School District will transition to distance education methods starting Monday. 

Earlier this month, officials closed all public and private schools in the state through at least May 1, in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.  

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The Unalaska City School District has to fill about six vacancies before the next school year.

Superintendent John Conwell made that announcement at a school board meeting Wednesday, following the Feb. 14 deadline for current instructors to sign their contract offers.

"We're thick into the teacher recruitment phase right now," said Conwell. 

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This year, the Unalaska City School District has offered teacher and principal contracts weeks earlier than usual.

Superintendent John Conwell made the announcement at last week's school board meeting.

He said the district moved its offer date from Feb. 1 to Jan. 15, because Alaska's teacher job fair is scheduled earlier this year. He also cited a shortage of candidates around the state.