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UPDATES REGARDING SCHOOL CLOSURES AND COVID-19    

The safety of Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program students, staff, strategic partners and those we love remains our highest priority. ANSEP and the University of Alaska are following protocols established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services in response to COVID-19. The University health and emergency management teams are monitoring the status of the coronavirus pandemic and are following all recommendations from state and federal agencies.

In line with these recommendations and in the best interest of our ANSEP family, we have decided to postpone or cancel all components, special events, and gatherings through the end of June. Below is a list of impacted activities.

Session:   Session Dates:  Status:
MSA MatSu Borough March 17 - 28 Canceled for summer 2020. We are in the process of rescheduling. Accepted applicants will be invited to participate in our series of alternative STEM challenges.
MSA NSBSD & Ahtna Inc. July 8 - 17 Canceled for summer 2020. We are in the process of rescheduling. Accepted applicants will be invited to participate in our series of alternative STEM challenges.
MSA Anchorage Area July 8 - 17 Canceled for summer 2020, but we are still accepting applications until May 22. Applicants will be invited to participate in our series of alternative STEM challenges. 
MSA Bering Strait & Nome April 21 - May 1 Canceled for summer 2020. We are in the process of rescheduling. Accepted applicants will be invited to participate in our series of alternative STEM challenges.
MSA Bristol Bay & Aleutian May 26 - June 6 Canceled for summer 2020.  We have rescheduled the MSA for the Aleutians region school districts and are in the process of rescheduling the MSA for the Bristol Bay region school districts. We plan to send out the selection notifications that were postponed soon. Applicants will be invited to participate in our series of alternative STEM challenges.
MSA AVCP Region June 16 - 25 Canceled for summer 2020. We are in the process of rescheduling. We plan to send out the selection notifications that were postponed soon. Accepted applicants will be invited to participate in our series of alternative STEM challenges.

STEM CE - All Sessions

Summer 2020 Canceled for summer 2020. We are in the process of rescheduling. We plan to send out the selection notifications that were postponed soon. Accepted applicants will be invited to participate in our series of alternative STEM challenges.
STEM Ready KOTZ June 8 - 12 Canceled
STEM CE - Marine Sciences June 15 - 19 Postponed until summer 2021
Acceleration Academy (Summer) May 24 - June 26 Canceled
Acceleration Ready NWABSD June 1 - 5 Canceled
Acceleration Ready ENGLISH Session 1 June 1 - 5 Virtual Delivery via Zoom
Acceleration Ready MATH Session 1 June 8 - 12 Virtual Delivery via Zoom
Acceleration Ready ENGLISH Session 2 June 15 - 19 Virtual Delivery via Zoom
Acceleration Ready MATH Session 2 June 22 - 26 Virtual Delivery via Zoom
Summer Bridge May 26 - Aug 5 Canceled

 

ANSEP Facilities

The ANSEP Building, ANSEP Academy and ANSEP Acceleration facilities are all closed to students and staff. Students may contact ANSEP Regional Directors to request access to pick up belongings. https://www.ansep.net/about/our-team

 

Middle School Academy

 

There will be no in-person Middle School Academies or STEM Career Explorations this summer. As an alternative option, ANSEP plans to invite applicants that would have joined us on campus this spring and summer to engage in our series of STEM challenges. Developed by our team and some of our partners, the students that would have joined us on campus this spring and summer can participate in these activities at home on their own time and have the opportunity to win some terrific prizes. We understand these challenges will not replace the in-person ANSEP experiences, but they are a great alternative. We will be sharing more information about these activities and how to get involved with accepted applicants soon.
 

ANSEP will work directly with partners to discuss plans for rescheduling.

 

Acceleration Academy (Mat-Su and Anchorage)

Students will resume classes virtually following the extended Spring Break on Monday, March 23. Weekly Friday meetings will resume virtually on March 27. Recitations and weekly Friday meetings will be held remotely using Zoom. Instructions for participating in Zoom recitations and weekly meetings will be sent to students via email. Communication with students and families will continue through the Remind App and email newsletters. 

There is no impact on 2020-21 student applicants. All interested students are encouraged to apply. ANSEP will respond to applicants in a timely manner.

 

Acceleration Ready

Acceleration Ready (NWABSD) has been canceled.
Acceleration Ready (Anchorage & Mat-Su) will transition from in-person sessions to virtual sessions and session dates are posted on the website. Multiple sessions will be offered through June.

 

Acceleration Academy (Summer) 
This session scheduled for May 24 – June 26 has been canceled. All applicants will be notified via email. 

 

Summer Bridge
All Summer Bridge activities have been canceled for 2020. All applicants will be notified via email and postal mail.

 

University Success 
Students will resume classes virtually following the extended Spring Break on Monday, March 23. Weekly Friday meetings will resume virtually on March 27. Recitations and weekly Friday meetings will be held remotely using Zoom. Instructions for participating in Zoom recitations and weekly meetings will be sent to students via email.

 

ANSEP Summer Jobs

ANSEP temporary positions (Youth Peer Mentors) will be limited for the summer, limited staff may be hired to assist with distance delivery of summer activities. ANSEP will not be hiring a Director of Summer Programs or Dorm Director. 

 

Contacts

Middle School Components – Director
Shaylyn (Yosty) Storms
systorms@alaska.edu
Middle School Components
Michael Bourdukofsky
mikeb@alaska.edu
Acceleration Components – Director
Michael Ulroan
mikeu@alaska.edu
Acceleration (Anchorage)
Janelle Sharp
jmsharp2@alaska.edu
Acceleration (Mat-Su)
Corissa Bernsten
ckberntsen@alaska.edu
University Components – Director
Audrey Alstrom
adalstrom@alaska.edu
Student Success
Mikayla Savikko
mtsavikko@alaska.edu