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Little Diomede school aiming to reopen by end of week

Diomede, Alaska
Diomede, Alaska.

January 15, 2024

Ava White, News Reporter

The school in Little Diomede is expected to reopen this week after months of remote classes. The school building closed in November, but staff are gearing up for an in-person semester.

Teachers are scheduled to arrive in Diomede on Tuesday (Jan 16.). That’s according to an email from the Bering Strait School District’s superintendent, Tammy Dodd.

A winter storm from the Bering Sea could impact travel, but Dodd said she hopes in person learning can resume by the end of the week.

Little Diomede’s city building partially collapsed in November, and struck the school building, which prompted the closure. Dodd said maintenance, and state engineers assessed the facility and that it didn’t suffer any structural damage.

She said the damage was mainly to the city building, which was demolishedin December.

Updates will be posted to the Diomede School Facebook page.

Photo at top: About a hundred people live in Little Diomede. It is an island in the Bering Strait.

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