The Kodiak Island Borough School District will be providing free materials on class supply lists to students for the next year, thanks to a federal grant.
The district made the announcement earlier this month, recognizing that many families have faced a hard time during the pandemic.
“Although this is a highly personal subject, the school district is grateful to be able to offer a little bit of help,” the district said in the announcement. “Parents of students attending a KIBSD elementary school or middle school do not need to purchase their class supply lists for next school year.”
The school district advised that parents aren’t required to fulfill any requests made by school site administrators prior to the announcement.
“Materials will be provided to each school by the district,” the district said.
The school district also will waive all student activity fees, including athletics, for the year.
“If you join the football or baseball team, or student council or drama, there will be no fees,” Superintendent Larry LeDoux said at an Aug. 5 Board of Education meeting.
The waived fees extend to academic tests and requirements, such as Advanced Placement exams and “shop fees” for programs such as woodworking and welding.
LeDoux said the decision was a practical one.
“We don’t want any student missing out on an activity because of their family’s inability to pay,” he said.