Cradled on a three-mile-long gravel spit within the Kobuk, Noatak, and Selawik Rivers, Kotzebue is about 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle on the Baldwin Peninsula. Originally a trading site for local Native People for over 600 years, Kotzebue remains a hub for the area and is the first stop for travelers heading to the villages. It contains grocery stores, restaurants, a bank, a regional hospital, multiple airlines, a University of Alaska campus, and the District Office, as well as a mix of cultures and religions. KMHS (middle/high school) and JNES (June Nelson Elementary School) are the largest schools in the district, with 394 students enrolled at JNES and 309 students enrolled at KMHS.
The NWABSD is communicating closely with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and with the Maniilaq Association to develop and refine our preparedness plans. In the event of a suspected or confirmed case in the region, we will follow the state and CDC guidance to take steps to keep our students, staff, and community safe and slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).