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Fairbanks school district going back to fully remote learning after governor issues COVID alert

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(Courtesy FNSBSD)(Fairbanks North Star Borough School District)
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 1:55 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - According to a press release issued on Thursday by Karen Gaborik, Superintendent of Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, the district is planning on returning to fully remote learning after Governor Dunleavy issued an alert regarding extreme growth in statewide coronavirus cases.

“Given the continued high rates of transmission in Fairbanks, as well as the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases in the district, the school district will comply with the Governor’s request. We will return to fully remote learning beginning Monday, November 16 and continue through the end of the month. Beginning Monday, November 16, all employees who are able to do so will work from home. Remember that this Friday is a professional development day and there is no school.”

This return to fully remote schooling will include children currently enrolled in SPED programs and their teachers.

Students needing supplies related to remote learning can contact their school principle to begin that process next week. Other than supply pick-up students will not have access to school buildings.

Nutrition Services will continue to provide meal pickup at the current locations, following social distancing and masking guidelines.

“I appreciate your patience as we work through details related to this recent announcement from the Governor,” said Gaborik. “And thank you for your continued hard work to keep our students, families and staff healthy and safe.”

The governor issued the alert at approximately 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, urging Alaskans to work from home whenever possible as well as being stringent and consistent with mask and social distancing protocols.

From the State of Alaska website: “At 10:00 a.m. this morning, Governor Dunleavy issued an alert stating the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases across Alaska, especially among health care workers and other essential first responders, is placing the state’s emergency response and health care systems at urgent risk. The Governor urged Alaskans to take immediate action to combat the virus as the state remains in the red zone, indicating 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population.”

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