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Fairbanks School Board postpones phase-in expansion for all grade levels

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Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 11:50 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -In a video conference School Board Regular Meeting, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District School Board voted to postpone expanding a phase-in plan for students attending K-8, middle and high schools. The expanded phase-in plan would have allowed the gradual increase of student in person learning during a Red Operational Zone. The postponement of K-8 schools came after a motion by Matthew Sampson to allow students to come back to school if they wanted to, regardless of what operational zone the state is in.

After much discussion the board decided there will have to be a work session to discuss whether Sampson’s proposed motion would follow CDC guidelines. Board Member April Smith said the current phase-in option does not allow many choices for parents. Erin Morotti voiced her concerns that the proposed motion does not comply with CDC guidelines, so it would be a moot point to have further discussion. The board voted to postpone the expansion of the phase-in plan for K-8 for a later date after a special meeting to discuss Board Member Sampson’s motion.

The Board then approved expanding the phase-in plan for middle school and high school with little discussion. However, after passing resolutions regarding honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Black History Month, and honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, Board Member, Jennifer Luke moved to reconsider the previous vote regarding the phase-in plan for middle and high schools. She said there was not enough discussion to warrant the carried motion. Luke said the board needs to discuss the district as a whole. The Board needs to know what all of the options are, and they need to make sure the district complies with CDC guidelines. Luke was also concerned with making sure educators’ needs were being met. The board then voted to postpone the expanded phase-in plan for middle and high schools until after a work session to further discuss options.

The work session will be at a later date sometime this week. The original proposed expanded phase-in plan for K-8 can be found here. The expanded phase-in plan for middle and high school can be found here.

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