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School Board Meeting Pt. 1: Fairbanks School Board votes for in-person learning

The vote will affect elementary and middle schools
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 12:58 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District School Board voted to allow in person learning for elementary schools and middle schools dependent on the, but postponed the decision to approve in person learning for high schools.

Elementary school students will have the option for in person learning starting October 5, 2020, but only if the daily average COVID case count lowers the Operational Zone to Yellow. Middle school students will be able learn in person starting October 19th, the start of the second quarter, if the same COVID conditions are met.

The decision to postpone the vote for allowing high schools to start in person learning was based on several board members not approving of the current options available. One option would be students participating online learning a few days during the week and being on campus one day of the week, and the other option would be learning online only. Several board members voiced their concerns that neither option was good enough for the students' educational or emotional well being. The board will revisit the decision to allow in person learning for high schools at the next board meeting on Tuesday, October 6.

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