Update: State officials close public schools through March 30 due to COVID-19 concerns; sports shut down

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Mar 13, 2020

UPDATED STORY

7:12 p.m.

Alaska state officials tonight extended the closure of public schools to March 30 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

 

The announcement was made by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, hours after the Anchorage School District had already extended spring break one week.

 

Now it's been extended two weeks.

 

All public school sports and activities - as well as Alaska Legion Baseball - are canceled through March 30.

 

1:45 p.m.

Amid growing concern over the coronavirus outbreak, the Anchorage School District has canceled all sports and activities planned for next week.

 

Alaska Legion Baseball officials have also canceled all practices through March 22 as a precautionary measure.

 

Further information will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

 

The high school baseball season was scheduled to begin Monday with teams holding their first official practice as students returned from spring break.

 

But now everything is on hold after the ASD extended spring break another week.

 

“No sports or activities next week, including practices or open gyms at any facility, ASD or otherwise,” said Anchorage School District official Marty Lang.

 

“The intent is to limit gatherings in the hope of slowing down the spread of COVID-19 in our community to something the local health care system can handle.”

 

Team members should contact their high school coach regarding practice times the week of March 23-28 depending on the Anchorage School District’s decision to open schools.