Division of Juvenile Justice

COVID-19 Guidelines

The Division is following recommendations from both the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health.

DJJ Facilities: Updated Visitation and Operation Phases

Entry point screening criteria, including temperature, as well as other hygiene and sanitization mitigation protocols remain in effect when visiting a DJJ facility. Screening questions include:

  • Do you have the following symptoms: fever, persistent cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell OR new onset of any of the following that cannot be attributed to a known health condition (i.e.: seasonal allergies): chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, muscle/body/headaches, sore throat, or congestion?
  • Have you been tested for COVID-19 as a result of symptoms or illness and are still awaiting the results? This does not include voluntary testing or testing done as a screening prior to medical/dental procedures or travel requirements.
  • Is your temperature above 100.4F?
  • If you have travelled outside the State of Alaska are you currently subject to mandatory quarantine time or additional testing?

We will work to update our website to reflect changes to visitation levels as they occur. Staff from DJJ facilities will reach out to parents of youth in our care to discuss visitation options and scheduling. Zoom technology will continue as a visitation option to families who are unable or uncomfortable visiting in person at this time.

COVID-19 Visitation


Visitation for youth housed in the Division of Juvenile Justice facilities is open. In person visitation is restricted for 5 days for any residents that test positive for COVID-19. During this time, Zoom and telephone visits will still be available.

Wish Lists for DJJ Facilities

Due to COVID-19, youth are not able to participate in their normal activities. In order to help keep our youth busy and engaged during this time, staff (with youth input) have created Amazon Wish Lists for facilities. Please make sure to read the rules at the top of each list. We thank you greatly for your donation!

Family and Youth Well-being During COVID-19

DJJ acknowledges the stress and uncertainty this pandemic is placing on families and individuals. We would like to thank the Office of Children’s Services, the Child Welfare Academy and the Alaska Children’s Trust for putting together the following YouTube videos: