From the Head of School…

PNA has sought out multiple new medical sources to inform our decisions. In addition to following the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), CDC, and the Alaska Health Department, we have reviewed countless peer-reviewed scientific articles, spoken to multiple local physicians on the topic, and polled our community. We take seriously our responsibility to keep our non-vaccinated population safe. 

  • PNA requires all staff and students 2 years and older to wear cloth face coverings during school and extended daycare.
  • All staff, students, and visitors must undergo a daily health screening that includes a temperature check.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting routines are practiced regularly by staff, faculty, and full-time custodial services.
  • Classes utilize outdoor spaces when possible.
  • We have implemented a drop off and pick up routine to mitigate the number of people in the building.
  • PNA expects families and staff to follow all current mandates and guidelines in their private lives.

We have developed a three-leveled approach. The level that we will operate from will be determined by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) current alert level. Our plan is to shift between these levels as DHSS alert levels change. We will continue to monitor this level and will communicate the level in which we will operate in.

Please refer to our Mitigation Plan and Potential Scenarios for more information.


Coronavirus Anxiety – Helpful Expert Tips and Resources, Anxiety & Depression Association of America

Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty, Common Sense Media

How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus, The NY Times

Talking to Children about COVID-19, National Association of School Psychologists

Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus, Child Mind Institute

Helping Children Cope, video from CBC News


Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), COVID-19 Homepage, from the CDC, FEMA, & the White House

Critical Updates on COVID-19, from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

CDC Updates, Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 in Children and Teens, from the CDC