FNSB School District says Fall activities, sports will happen

Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 7:06 PM AKDT
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High school Fall sports and activities in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District received a vote of confidence this week after FNSBSD Asst. Superintendent Luke Meinert said that Fall activities will happen ‘definitively'. The school district released a newsletter for their learning options this Fall. Within that letter included the district’s plans for activities. The FNSBSD is adhering to the guidelines that were set out by the Alaska School Activities Association in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is definitively happening as long as we can meet the protocols that are set out by ASAA,” said Meinert. “So as long as our case levels stay within that intermediate or low level risk level then activities will be happening this Fall.”

Throughout the summer ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland said that the decision would be decided by the school districts. In the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, practices and summer workouts have been halted. In the Anchorage School District, they have pushed summer workouts and practices until August 5. ASAA states that as long as the district remains in the intermediate risk level that activities can operate.

“Yeah I mean it’s a huge engagement piece with our student-athletes gives students a reason to come to school,” said Meinert. “So obviously it’s really important for our students to have activities to participate in.”

As of right now, Fall activities are slated to start on August 20 in line with when school is supposed to open.

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