State board seeks input on emergency school closures

Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009

JUNEAU - Alaska Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux signed an emergency regulation that provides an incentive for school districts to offer instruction during emergency closures.

The regulation took effect Sept. 1 but it expires Dec. 29. The State Board of Education & Early Development will consider making the regulation permanent next month.

The State Board welcomes written comments at 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 110500, Juneau, AK 99811 or at The comment deadline is 4 p.m. on Oct. 2.

Per state law, public schools must be in session for at least 180 days a school year. Under the emergency regulation, when districts offer instruction during emergency closures they may apply to the commissioner to count those days as days in session. The regulation also sets the criteria by which the commissioner will decide whether to count a closed day as a day in session.

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