School Board Meeting Pt. 2: High school in person learning decision postponed

Published: Sep. 19, 2020 at 3:36 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -In the continuation of our three part series on the school board meeting that took place Tuesday evening, the board decided to postpone the vote for in person learning in High School. After voting to allow elementary and middle schools in person learning if the district is in the Yellow Operational Zone, the board moved on to High School. Two options for students were discussed.

The first would have students broken up into two groups. Groups A and B would have alternating school online with a teacher, and all students would have one day a week in person on campus. While at school, students would be in close contact with 35 to 40 students within their cohort, a term for smaller groups of students. The advantage of this option would be that students would have in person contact with a teacher and their peers, with the disadvantages being that students would have only one day of in person contact, and there would be a large mixing of groups.

The second option for high school students would be online only. The majority of board members voiced concerns that both options are problematic. Matthew Sampson, echoing several other members’ concerns said, “You know, I was under the impression that when the Board, speaking in reference to phasing back to school, that entailed an in depth plan than one day a week. In given the Admins’ recommendation of the fully remote, it leads me to believe that the two options that are given to us, one of them is...they’re both completely unpalatable.” Board member, Timothy Doran said that although his "imagination is tickled” by the second option, he also did not feel that it was the better solution.

After extensive discussion the board voted to move the decision of in person learning for high school students to the next regular meeting on October 6, 2020.

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