In-person learning for Fairbanks school district K-8 to be decided October 1
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superintendent, Dr. Karen Gaborik sent out an email, Tuesday, stating that the decision for in-person learning for K-8 students will be decided on Thursday, October 1. The original motion from the Board of Education, which passed during their September 15 meeting, was to begin in-person learning for K through 8 students on October 5, and then for middle school students on October 19.
As of Tuesday, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is officially in the Red Zone. Regarding what will happen if the district continues in the current zone, Gaborik said, “If the Medical Advisory Committee decides the district should remain in the Red Zone, schools will remain in remote learning status.”
The Medical Advisory Committee meeting will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1.
The email in its entirety is below:
Hello District Families,
At their September 15 regular meeting, the Board of Education passed a motion to begin in-person school for elementary and K-8 students on October 5, 2020. The Board also passed a motion to begin in-person school for middle schools on October 19, which is the start of the second quarter.
Below are questions and answers that will help your planning as we look forward to schools opening.
What Zone do we have to be in for schools to open?
Schools will open to in-person/blended students if we are in the Yellow or Green Operational Zone.
What Zone are we in right now?
As of this email, we are in the Red Zone
How is the Zone decision made?
The district Medical Advisory Team meets every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. to discuss and review the pertinent data, including the local case rates, and make the Operational Zone determination.
When will the decision be made about elementary schools opening next week?
The Medical Advisory Committee will conduct its next Zone meeting on Thursday, October 1.
If the Medical Advisory Committee decides we are in the Yellow Zone, when will elementary schools open?
If the Medical Advisory Committee decides this Thursday to move to the Yellow Zone, elementary schools will open for in-person/blended students on Tuesday, October 6. This will allow school staff two work days to prepare for the transition.
What if we stay in the Red Zone?
If the Medical Advisory Committee decides the district should remain in the Red Zone, schools will remain in remote learning status.
What about future weeks?
Each Thursday the Medical Advisory Committee will determine the district Operational Zone. If the committee decides to move to Yellow, elementary schools will open to in-person/blended students the next Tuesday.
How will I be informed if schools will open?
We will utilize all our district communication platforms to notify families, and schools will provide follow-up information as needed.
What about middle schools?
At this time middle schools are scheduled to open on October 19, the first day of second quarter. The same process described above will be used to determine when middle schools will open.
What about high schools?
The school board is scheduled to continue their discussion regarding high school at their October 6 meeting.
I’d like to thank all our families and students for your patience as we work together with the Fairbanks community to decrease the COVID-19 case rates. When the community transmission rates are low enough to move us to the Yellow Operational Zone, it will be possible for elementary schools to open to in-person/blended students.
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