Riverbend Updates

January 19, 2022

The Chapel by the Lake congregation and the Juneau community have moved mountains and our temporary school building is ready for teachers to move in! Over the next two days, teachers will be setting up rooms while the district continues to finalize transportation and meal service.

On Friday, January 21, we’d like to invite you to come see the new space. This open house will be by grade levels in order to adhere to COVID mitigation as well as to give time and attention to each child and family. Everyone must wear a mask over their nose and mouth, regardless of vaccination status. Please be mindful of maintaining space from non-family members while in the building.

Please join us at Chapel by the Lake during one of the following times:

  • 2:00-3:00 pm grades Kindergarten and First
  • 3:00-4:00 pm grades Second and Third
  • 4:00-5:00 pm grades Fourth and Fifth

If you have children in more than one grade, please select one time for you all to visit.

A few important pieces of information:

  • Parking is available both in front of and behind the building
  • Take it easy on the right-hand turn into the UAS campus off Glacier Highway. It is narrow, and can be slick.
  • When leaving and heading back toward town, please turn RIGHT onto Glacier Highway and proceed through the roundabout near DeHarts to return to Glacier Highway heading to town.

Our first day with students will be on Monday, January 24. We will share more information about returning to school in the coming days. We are so excited to see everyone and get back to learning together!


Elizabeth Pisel-Davis, principal

January 16, 2022

I am pleased to announce that we have a new, temporary school site for the majority of our classrooms.  Reverend Doctor Tim Harrison, and the congregation of Chapel by the Lake, have generously opened their building to us while repairs are completed at our school. The Chapel by the Lake building has enough classrooms for almost all of us to be together. There is also a full commercial kitchen and large fellowship hall where we can provide breakfast and lunch to students. Additionally, we will have access to a classroom and the gym at the UAS recreation center

Now that we’ve secured a space, we’ve shifted our focus from packing to planning and coordinating services, such as food and bussing.  Our goal is to move into the new space and have students learning in person as soon as possible. Our hope at this time is that we will be able to return to in person school at Chapel by the Lake, before the end of this week. During this transition time we will provide at-home learning activities for your students and will connect with each of you. We will have these available for pick up on Tuesday afternoon; delivery is also possible. Devices will not be distributed to students at this time.

I’ll continue to update you as plans develop. I will also schedule a Riverbend Community zoom meeting this week to share information and answer your questions. Thank you for your ongoing support and patience.

Elizabeth Pisel-Davis, principal

January 14, 2022

While I don’t have a full report on plans for resuming instruction for our Riverbend students, I want to give you a quick update. A lot of progress has been made in the past 24 hours.

We have been working with other schools and community organizations, and I am confident that we will have enough space to be able to relocate classrooms for in person learning during the construction period. We will not all be able to be in the same place, but we will be able to reunite with our teachers and classmates soon.

There are still many details to be decided, but as we head into the long weekend, rest assured that this extended break will end soon. We are finalizing locations, transportation and meal services. Families and staff will receive another update on Monday, January 17.

Thank you for your patience as we find creative solutions to this unexpected situation.

January 13, 2022

Riverbend Elementary School was inspected for water damage today following flooding at the school. The district was notified that clean up and repairs will take several weeks. Tomorrow staff members will pack up classrooms to prepare for construction crews. Flooring, carpet and drywall need to be removed and replaced in most of the school.

Plans are underway for alternative methods for instruction, including possible alternative locations. Strategies for food service, materials and device distribution, student learning and after school programs are being developed as quickly as possible.

What we know for sure is that students will not be able to attend school in person at Riverbend Friday, January 14 or Tuesday, January 18. (Monday is a school holiday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.)

An update will be sent out to families and posted on websites on Monday, January 17.

Juneau School District

Thank you CBJ Streets Maintenance!

Following a three day delay in the start of the second semester due to hazardous weather followed by dangerous road, parking lot and sidewalk conditions, students returned to class on Thursday morning. The return went smoothly

The Juneau School District sincerely appreciates the extra effort from the City and Borough of Juneau Streets Maintenance who answered a call for help. Overnight, CBJ crews sanded school parking lots, driveways and access roads. This morning school grounds were significantly improved, allowing students, employees and families safe passage to walk and drive to class. The work of the CBJ Streets Division made a big difference in our successful reopening. THANK YOU!

District Office Information

District Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Physical Address: 1208 Glacier Avenue Juneau, Alaska

Mailing Address: 10014 Crazy Horse Drive Juneau, Alaska

Phone: (907) 523-1700

Thank you Country Financial!
Country Financial Hand Sanitizer donation

For the donation of 2700 bottles of hand sanitizer!

Thank you Home Depot!
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Thank you AASB!
Mask delivery

For the donation of cloth masks!

Board of Education

To contact the Board of Education, please email: schoolboard@juneauschools.org For more information about school board meetings, committees and Board of Education policies, visit the School Board page in the menu bar above.

Winter Weather

When weather conditions in the Juneau area make it necessary to close school the school district follows these procedures for communicating school closures or schedule changes. These same procedures are followed for other emergencies.

The decision to close schools is generally made by 5:00 a.m. by the Superintendent in consultation with the First Student Bus Company Manager, City and Borough of Juneau City Manager and the National Weather Service Juneau Forecast Office.

School closures or schedule changes are posted by 6:00 a.m. at www.juneauschools.org. An alert with emergency information will appear as a banner on all pages of the website. School-related announcements are also sent to local media.

In the event of a school closure, automated phone calls, emails and text messages are sent to families at 6:30 a.m. The notification system uploads data from PowerSchool each night, so please make sure your phone numbers are current at your child’s school.

Make an emergency plan with your children in the event that schools are closed, start late, or are dismissed early. Talk about where to go or what to do if a parent is not at home. Check with your school or www.juneauschools.org to find out if there are “snow routes” for your child’s school bus. On days when snow bus routes are used, an alert with bus information will appear on the website and information will be sent to local media.

Website Accessibility

It is the goal of the Juneau School District that the information on its website be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that the statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

If you have difficulty accessing information on our website due to a disability, please contact us at webmaster@juneauschools.org and provide the URL (web address) of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced and your contact information. Be sure to include your name, email address and phone number so that we may contact you.

Grievances can be filed with the district using the procedures established by the Public Complaint Processes and Appeals Board Policy 1312. For more information or to obtain forms contact jessica.richmond@juneauschools.org.

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Anti-Racism Message from Supt Weiss

Over the course of the last two weeks I have been reflecting on our equity and non-discrimination policies and strategic work in the Juneau School District. As a district we have a long standing focus on Equity that can be found in our policies and our programs. I wish that were enough. But as we have all watched events unfold across our country, I am reminded we must continue our commitment and take bold steps to fight for what our students, our community, and quite frankly, our country needs. To ensure an anti-racist environment for our students. We acknowledge that Juneau schools are not exempt to racial injustices--each child deserves better.

Our equity policy states “every student deserves the opportunity to learn in a world-class educational setting that is respectful and free from bias. The Board champions the dignity and worth of all people and recognizes that identification and removal of systemic barriers are essential to achieving equity in education.”

JSD’s new strategic plan boldly identifies our commitment to narrowing our achievement gap. Beneath the goals of the plan lies the work of encouraging open minds, conversations free of blame and full of empathy, building a district community that is respectful, patient, kind.

It is important to support our children during this time of uncertainty. Even for adults, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is unsettling. Our students need opportunities to discuss their experiences. Given the local and national discussion on racism, there is a greater need. In the block below are a few resources that may support you in thinking about the dialogue with children.

I am proud to be a part of the Juneau School District and of our commitment to social justice for each and every child. Today I renew our focus on establishing ourselves as a non-biased, inclusive school district. The work is not yet done...

In Partnership--Superintendent Weiss

A statement from the Juneau School District Board of Education

June 9, 2020 - We join with others across the nation in solidarity to listen and to respond by confronting racism in our community. We hear the message from protests occurring around the world that racism is real, we recognize that Juneau is not immune, and that it continues to negatively impact our society. We hope this moment in history will mark authentic change, honoring the collective will we share to create a just society.

The Juneau School District pledges to deepen its partnerships within the community. It commits to continuing the work of addressing race equity through critical and courageous conversations. We strive for equality for all, but we acknowledge that there is a gap. We are united in our mission and goal of equity for all students. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to learn in a world-class educational setting that is respectful and free from bias. The District’s recently adopted five-year strategic plan names the pursuit of equity as one its pillars, and a necessary prerequisite to achieve our mission. We name equity as a core value, alongside accountability. We stand with others that expect even more from our institutions, including our schools. We pledge to continue to listen and to take actions to positively contribute to the formation of diverse, engaged citizens ready for a changing world.