The Ketchikan School Board on Thursday will hold its third special session in as many weeks to decide whether schools in the Ketchikan School District should continue to operate at a medium risk level for another week.

The district has been operating under the medium level of its Smart Start COVID-19 mitigation plan since Feb. 4, after the Ketchikan Emergency Operations Center moved the community to a high risk level earlier that day.

Under medium level operations, Ketchikan High School, Revilla Junior Senior High School and Schoenbar Middle School have been operating at 50% capacity, with students at those schools alternating between in-person and remote learning. Medium operations have not affected teaching at the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences, Ketchikan Charter School, Point Higgins Elementary School, Fawn Mountain Elementary School or Houghtaling Elementary School.

Schoenbar Middle School closed on Tuesday after local officials on Monday reported a positive case of COVID-19 there.

Thursday’s special session will begin at noon and will be conducted digitally via the WebEx videoconferencing platform, with event number 187 632 7007 and password #SocialDistance6. It will be streamed live on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Website at, and can be watched live on KPU’s local channel.

There will be time for both written and spoken public comments near the start of the meeting. Those wishing to provide comment at the meeting should contact Board Clerk Kerry Watson before 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, either by calling the clerk at 907-247-2142 or by emailling her at