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FNSB School District releases learning options for Fall

FNSB School District released learning options and what to expect for the 20-21 school year.
FNSB School District released learning options and what to expect for the 20-21 school year.(Courtesy FNSBSD (KTVF))
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 9:51 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In a newsletter released Wednesday evening, Superintendent Gaborik has listed the learning options available for students this Fall. After a special school board meeting on Monday, July 20 the Board of Education adjusted the 2020-2021 school calendar. The new start date for students is Thursday, August 20. There are also additional professional development dates for staff in September and January. The last day of school remains the same on May 18, 2021. The following information is from the FNSBSD newsletter:

Families will have three different learning options this Fall:

In-School with Blended Learning

Your child will attend their regular school in-person following District schedules and mandates. Students will be divided into smaller pods to lessen the number of students per classroom and to ensure we follow guidelines while keeping students in school. Students will have their classroom teacher, but their pod may also be instructed by other educational professionals within their buildings. Regardless of the alert zone we are in at any given time, your child’s teacher will remain the same.

  • Students will attend according to the established schedule:Elementary = 5 days per week
  • Middle and High School = 2 days per week
  • Transportation will be available.
  • Student meals will be provided.

eLearning

Students will stay enrolled in their regular school and receive remote instruction from a district teacher. This is different than homeschooling your child. The eLearning teacher provides online instruction and assignments for your child. You will help guide your child’s learning but will not be responsible for the curriculum nor the teaching. Regardless of the Zone we are in, your child remains in eLearning with their teacher.

  • Students have access to school clubs, activities, etc.
  • Families will stay connected to their regular school, receiving newsletters and having access to student supports.
  • Meals will be available for pickup at various locations.

If you’re interested in eLearning for your student, please complete the eLearning Registration Form. As we get closer to the start of school, you’ll be contacted to confirm your interest in eLearning and to establish your student’s learning plan.

Submitting the registration form now does not commit you to eLearning in August.

Homeschool through Fairbanks BEST

You will withdraw your child from your regular school and register them with the Fairbanks BEST School. The Fairbanks BEST specialist will help determine the curriculum you will use with your child, but the instruction and assessments will be determined and conducted by you. Regardless of what alert zone we are in, you will be your child’s teacher.

  • Parents design and deliver curriculum and instruction.
  • Students are enrolled in the Fairbanks BEST school, not their attendance area school.
  • If you are interested in homeschool, contact Fairbanks BEST at 452-2000 x11209

School Transportation

The district will offer transportation services on the days students are in school. Masks will be required and seating will be assigned. Routes will be restructured to provide for social distancing and sanitization of high-touch areas.

Families who want their students to ride a school bus need to register online. Rider registration will provide for the effective route planning and contact tracing, should that become necessary. Registration is also the first step towards improving our bus notifications system.

If you plan to have your student(s) ride the bus, register here. The registration form can also be found on the district transportation webpage. If you need assistance registering, contact Transportation at 907-452-2000 option 4.

The entire newsletter can be found here.

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