Peninsula schools stay prepared -- and in session

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2009

Two volcanic eruptions and an ash advisory; local students must have thought for sure they were going to get the rest of Thursday off.

Not so much.

Dave Jones, assistant superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, said that after consultation with Scott Walden, borough Office of Emergency Management coordinator, school administrators chose to keep students in class.

"Trace amounts of ash don't warrant school closure," Jones said.

Schools were advised to pay close attention to those with respiratory problems and provide particle masks to those in need of them.

"We've pre-stationed masks at all the school sites," Jones said. "There's enough for every student."

Jones said decisions as to whether to have after-school activities were left up to each site.

-- Dante Petri

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